Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Geosci. Commun., 3, 427–442, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-3-427-2020

Special issue: Five years of Earth sciences and art at the EGU (2015–2019)

Geosci. Commun., 3, 427–442, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-3-427-2020

Research article 15 Dec 2020

Research article | 15 Dec 2020

A portrait of central Italy's geology through Giotto's paintings and its possible cultural implications

Ann C. Pizzorusso

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In this age of environmental awareness, it is interesting to see how the ecological movement was created by a saint and an artist. The unlikely team of St. Francis and Giotto were revolutionaries – the former, with his ideas on natural philosophy, and the latter, who portrayed the geological landscape in a way that made any viewer aware of the majesty of God's creation. These two created a lasting legacy as they shaped our perspective on the environment over 700 years ago.
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