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Giottino's father, Maestro Stefano Fiorentino, "Stefano the Foorentine", was himself a celebrated painter in the school of Giotto; his naturalism earned him the appellation "Scimmia della Natura", the "Ape of Nature" for his perceived realism. He instructed his son, who applied himself to studying the works of the great Giotto. Since he formed his style on Giotto's works, Maso became known as Giottino. the "little Giotto".
A large number of other works have been attributed to Giottino including Apparition of the Virgin to St Bernard and a marble statue erected on the Florentine campanile.
Giorgio Vasari, the chronicler of the Italian Renaissance, includes a biography of Giottino in the second part of his famous Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Le Vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori, e architettori da Cimabue insino a' tempi nostri).
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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