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"Haven’t you heard? The great Gottio doesn’t do portraits any more. He is an artist, and artists are supposed to show truth in their work. The trouble is, people don’t want the truth. They don’t like it. That fool Lorenzo Lupo certainly didn’t, when he commissioned the great Gottio to paint a portrait of his wife."
Giovanni to Mariato.[1]

Giovanni Gottio is a renowned Tilean artist living in the city-state of Trantio.[1]

Appearance

He's short of stature, even compared to other inhabitants of the Tilean peninsula and was normally clean shaven.[1]

History

He had his nose broken in a fight with a Bretonnian poet over a woman.[1]

His career suffered a serious setback when he was commissioned by the Prince of Luccini, Lorenzo Lupo to paint his wife. So annoyed was the prince with the portrait he produced that had captured not only her beauty but also her more dangerous true nature (which the artist compared to a hungry mountain wolf), that he had it burnt.[1]

Months later and drowning his sorrows Gottio was approached by Mariato, a favourite of the lady Khemalla who wanted him to paint her own portrait. He was taken to one of the abandoned villas in the hills above Trantio where he completed his commission and discovered her true nature but also that she had been the patron and inspiration for some of the great masters of art for centuries.[1]

As a gift for his masterpiece Lady Khemalla made him drink her blood as a gift for his portrait "The Unchanging Lady", extending its life by several years.[1]

Trivia

  • His name, career and some events of his life are a play of Giotto, an Italian painter and architect from Florence during the Late Middle Ages.

Sources

1: Inferno Magazine Issue 21: "Portrait of my Undying Lady" by Gordon Rennie