In the history of art, the painter of frescoes in the upper church of San Francesco in Assisi, who cannot be clearly identified , is referred to as Isaac Master ( Italian Maestro d'Isacco) . The pictures, created around 1290, show scenes of the death of Isaac from the Book of Genesis of the Old Testament on the north wall . The master's work is often considered to be an early work by Giotto .
Attempts at identification
The identification of the Isaac Master with the young Giotto is a frequently discussed hypothesis of Giotto research. The pictures are very close to his innovative style and spatial perspective, and they should be given a special position in the overall program of the frescoes of the Francis cycle in Assisi. The “revolutionary” frescoes by the master make the hypothesis plausible, as they indicate a new direction towards the art of the Italian Renaissance in their late Byzantine painting style, which is based on antiquity, and by addressing the viewer directly by placing the objects in the room.
- Arnolfo di Cambio
It was hypothesized that the Isaac Master was the Italian painter Arnolfo di Cambio . However, this assumption remains controversial.
- E. Mather: The Isaac Master . London 1932
- s. a. L. Coletti: Nota sugli esordi di Giotto . In: Critica d'arte 3 (Florence 1937), 124 ff.
- Genesis 27: 1-40
- addition to E. Mather and L. Coletti also represented by H. Thode, P. Toesca and B. Berenson
- last z. BF Flores d'Arcais: Giotto (From the Italian). Munich 1995
- cf. SY Edgerton: Giotto and the invention of the third dimension, painting and geometry on the eve of the scientific revolution Munich 2004
- GG Pochat von Böhlau: Image - Time. A fourth dimension art history . Vienna 1999, p. 223 (Giotto, Assisi)
- W. Kemp: The painter's rooms: on the picture narration since Giotto . Munich 1996, p. 20
- so MV Schwarz: Giotto . Munich 2009
- AM Romanini: Gli occhi di Isacco. Claissicismo e curisosità tra Arnolfo di Cambio e Giotto . In: Arte Mediealvale. Ser. II, 1 (1987), pp. 1-56 and AM Romanini: Arnolfo all'origine di Giotto: lenigma del Maestro di Isacco . In: Storia dell'arte 65 (1989), pp. 5-26
- s. a. AM Romanini: Arnolfo di Cambio . In: Enciclopedia dell'arte medievale II. Rome 1991, pp. 504-514
- cf. z. BPC Claussen: The churches of the city of Rome in the Middle Ages 1050-1300 (Volume 1 AF). Stuttgart 2002 p. 263 (S. Cecilia)