Giotto’s Frescoes in the Scrovengi Chapel in Padua

English: Moses brings forth water out of the r...

English: Moses brings forth water out of the rock, as in Numbers 20:2-13, fresco by Giotto di Bondone, at the Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrove...

Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) a Padova, the Seven Vices: “Injustice” (Iniustitia, ca. 1305-1306) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrove...

Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) a Padova, the Seven Vices: “Inconstancy” (Inconstantia, ca. 1305-1306) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Padua, visit the Scrovengi Chapel with an amazing cycle of frescoes by Giotto. These frescoes weItaly 2013 Summer with Kids 1711 Italy 2013 Summer with Kids 1712 Italy 2013 Summer with Kids 1722 Italy 2013 Summer with Kids 1717 Italy 2013 Summer with Kids 1719 Italy 2013 Summer with Kids 1721

Completed in 1305, the frescoes detail the life story of the Virgin Mary. The theme is salvation. The west wall is dominated by the Last Judgement and this Chapel is often refered to as Giotto’s Sistine Chapel.

The cycle is divided into 37 scenes. “The Kiss of Judas” is near the end of the sequence for logical reasons.

The Kiss of Judas

 

 

Cast of the portrait of Enrico Scrovegni, made...

Cast of the portrait of Enrico Scrovegni, made by Giovanni Pisano. Original in capella degli Scrovegni. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This chapel was commissioned by Enrico Scrovengi who was a wealthy banker. There is an interesting portrayal of the Seven Christian virtues: the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and courage.  The three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity . There is also an interesting repesentation of the Vices!

Giotto’s “Last Judgment”, covers the wall above the entrance. My favorite fresco is “The Kiss of Judas” which portrays the betrayal of  Jesus by Judas.

 

Last Judgment by Giotto, part of the Scrovegni...

Last Judgment by Giotto, part of the Scrovegni Chapel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Kiss of Judas” is a traditional depiction of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, c. 1306. Fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Giotto was an architect as well as an artist, and may have designed the chapel.

Don’t forget to visit the amazing Basilica of Saint Anthony while you are in Padua. THe botanical garden of Padua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
The Botanical Garden of Padova today; in the background, the Basilica of Sant'Antonio.
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii
Reference 824
UNESCO region Europe
Inscription history
Inscription 1997 (21st Session)

Padua is also the birthplace of the famous architect Andrea Palladio and famous scuptor Antonio Canova.

The Flight into Egypt by Giotto di Bondone (13...

The Flight into Egypt by Giotto di Bondone (1304-06, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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