Legend has it that Pope Benedict XI was looking for the best artist of Italy to paint his own portrait.
Many painters tried to impress the pope with their elaborate styles.
But when Giotto was asked to demonstrate his abilities, Giotto simply took a white paper and drew a circle. Just a simple, perfect circle.
When the pope saw this, he couldn’t believe someone drew this freehand, without any aid of tools, and he immediately summoned Giotto to Rome.