Viewing Giotto through modern eyes

An article on great works of art for the UK's paper The Independent discusses how works of art from the past are viewed through modern eyes. Included is The Lamentation of Christ by 14th century Italian master Giotto, whose angels seem to zoom about like jet planes. (photo)

In the early 20th century, the writer Proust compared the angels in the painting to bi-plane pilots, while more modern writers have seen con trails in the movement of the angels, or even fireworks. The comparisons demonstrate how thought patterns change over the centuries.