Giotto ~ 1301

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     Giotto painted the Scrovegni Chapel series in Paudua in 1303-1306. In the Adoration of the Magi he painted the comet of 1301 in place of the usual star of Bethlehem. This is the first visually correct representation of a particular comet. The artist used temper and gold pigments in textured strokes to convey the appearance of the comet.

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