GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)

Ognissanti Madonna (detail)

c. 1310
Tempera on wood, width of detail 25 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The way in which Giotto creates the opportunity to heighten the expression is illustrated by this detail, which shows the saint directly next to the Virgin's throne. Separation - through the end of the throne - and closeness - through the gaze - are combined here in a single arc of tension.