Giotto reputedly was born at Colle, near Florence. According to tradition, he was a pupil of Cimabue . Modern critics also see the influence of the Roman school exemplified by Pietro Cavallini and of the sculptors Nicola and Giovanni Pisano . Whatever his training, it is certain that Giotto broke with the formulas of Byzantine painting and gave new life to the art of painting in Italy.
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