American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Cimabue, Giovanni Originally Cenni di Pepo. 1240?-1302? Italian painter trained in the Byzantine style and considered the first master of the Florentine school.
- n. painter of the Florentine school; anticipated the move from Byzantine to naturalistic art (1240-1302)
“In 1301 he received ten "livres" from the Opera del Duomo of Pisa for "St. John the Baptist" in mosaic, which accompanies the "Christ" in the cathedral and two mention the price for an altar-screen of the Madonna, to be painted by the said master, Cenni de Pepo, called Cimabue with one of his own associates.”
“One of the best reasons for calling Cimabue the "Father of Painting" is that he acted the part of a father to Giotto, who proved to be so great an artist that from his time painting made a rapid advance.”
“The great early Renaissance painter Giotto, Vasari recounts, was discovered at a similarly tender age after the Florentine painter Cimabue caught him drawing pictures of sheep on a rock.”
“In recent years, one-person loan shows comprising stellar paintings by Cimabue, Hans Memling and Paolo Veronese artists in the Frick's permanent collection have been mounted with astounding results.”
“A dossier show, or European tour, it does not have the concentrated impact of the Frick's earlier special-loan exhibitions devoted to Cimabue, Veronese's allegories or Memling's portraits, but it is still compelling.”
“He then bade Bruno paint words proceeding from the mouth of the woman who is recommending herself to the saint, with those which the saint utters in reply proceeding in like manner from the mouth of the latter; which Buffalmacco had seen done in the works of Cimabue.”
“It was laid out according to epoch, starting with the Middle Ages gallery, where an enormous Madonna by Cimabue greeted the visitors in the primary room.”
“I was expecting to like Cimabue Italian Journey No. 8 more than I did, but on my skin it smelled more like a home fragrance than a skin scent.”
“I've only tried Cimabue which I adore during cold weather.”
“Cimabue is all spicy warmth and made from a wealth of luxuriant materials, but it just did not agree with my skin chemistry.”
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