Cavallini discovery reopens superiority debate between Quattrocento Roman and Florentine schools

Will Cavallini or Giotto reign supreme?


A fresco of the Virgin and Child with by saints, thought by some experts to be by Pietro Cavallini, has been uncovered in a chapel of the Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome. This discovery will re-open the debate on the superiority of the Roman school, led by Cavallini (1266-1340), over the Florentine school represented by Giotto (1266-1337). Tommaso Strinati, the art historian who made the discovery, said that the “painting was concealed behind one by a disciple of Caravaggio; it is in very good condition and can be attributed to a master of the early 1290s, just before Giotto painted his fresco cycle in Assisi”.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Cavallini discovery reopens culture wars'