Giotto di Bondone was born in 1266 in Colle de Vespignano, near Florence, Italy. His father was a farmer and Giotto was an awkward, conspicuously ugly man who looked more like a farmer than an artist. When he was about ten years old, according to legend, he was sitting in a field tending his father's sheep and idly drawing with a sharp stone on a flat rock when a passing traveler stopped to look at the sketch. The traveler, who turned out to be Cimabue, one of the finest painters of his time, was so impressed that he took Giotto into his studio as an apprentice. There Giotto's talents developed spectacularly and his career took him to Rome, Padua, Arezzo, Assisi and Naples.
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