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According to Villani Giotto follows in Cimabue's footsteps along the road in the new direction (in novibus) which had already been cleared by Cimabue. e. the Greek painters he just mentioned) but even superior to them in skill and inventiveness and he restored the art of painting to its former (pristinus) dignity and fame. Villani makes clear what this renovation entails when he writes that Giotto was the source of inspiration for a great number of painters who made the art of painting, renewed in competition with nature, valuable and attractive.

Benigne at Dijon, written about 1050, elaborates upon the windows in the various parts of this church. On to the east side of a crypt described above a round chapel was added, illuminated by the lustre of six windows; further down one reads that the altar of this 43 chapel is illuminated by the light of three windows; a winding staircase of 37 steps, lit up sufficiently by many windows leads from this chapel to the Lady-chapel where beams of light enter through windows on all sides. Finally the chronicle-writer tells us that from here another 30 steps lead to the Trinity church, built in the shape of a ring and remarkably bright due to the light entering through windows and a skylight,!

A122) 26 According to a 12th century chronicle Abbot Theodoricus of St. Hubert d'Ardenne gave orders, around 1070, to illuminate the chapels he had built with very fine windows, made by a certain Rogerus from Reims, a powerful man, highly skilled at this art and very competent. (A123) A necrology of St. Michael of Bamberg mentions as having died in 1121 Mart. Richolfus, a layman; he built our monastery (or our church); and a few pages down, so not very much later: Heimo, a layman; he added fine windows to our church ...

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