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GIOTTO AND THE SERIES OF PAINTINGS OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY IN PADOVA Presentation of a new guide Padova will be part of EXPO 2015 within the exhibition dedicated to Giotto to be held in Palazzo Reale, Milano -  September 2nd 2015 - January 10th 2016. The participation is connected to the loan of the painting Eterno Padre, normally preserved at the Musei Civici agli Eremitani.
In conjunction with the exhibition in Milano, Padova will promote the fervent cultural vitality period that the town had throughout the 14th century. One of the main actions realised to spread the knowledge of this period was the development of a new guide, edited by SKIRA, that describes the nine locations where the most important testimonials of the 14th century paintings  in Padova are preserved.
The new guide supports the candidacy of this paintings cycle in the World Heritage List UNESCO.
The 14th century painting in Padova began with the arrival of Giotto, called around 1302, most probably by the Friars Minor Conventual of the Basilica of St. Anthony to perform some frescoes in the convent and in the church.
Taking advantage of his presence in town, Enrico Scrovegni commissioned him the work that soon became world-wide known as his masterpiece: the Scrovegni Chapel
During the entire 14th century the artists who operated in Padova (Pietro e Giuliano da Rimini, Guariento, Giusto de’ Menabuoi, Jacopo Avanzi, Altichiero, Jacopo da Verona) reinterpreted in an original and autonomous way the style of the Maestro, creating a complete stylistic renovation which soon acquired a national and international range. The Scrovegni Chapel represents the starting point of this phenomenon with Basilica del Santo, Palazzo della Ragione, Musei Civici di Padova, Cappella della Reggia Carrarese, Oratorio di San Giorgio, Chiesa dei SS. Filippo e Giacomo agli Eremitani, Battistero della Cattedrale, Oratorio di San Michele which preserve important painting testimonials of similar artistic and cultural value. The cycles have been exemplarily restored and are all open to the public.
It this extraordinary cultural season of Padova, promoted by the Signoria and by wealthiest families in town, a remarkable role was covered by a female commissioner, Fina Buzzaccarini (Lord Francesco da Carrara’s wife), uncommonly for those  times.
The new guide gives particular attention to the strong elements of novelty that contributed to make the 14th century Padova a milestone of the route that leads from the late Middle Ages to the origins of the Renaissance. Padova had never turned before a look so careful to this rich testimonies of the 14th century, which will be the main subject of many itineraries.

 


INFORMATIONS OPERATIONNELLES SUPPLEMENTAIRES
Information:
City Museums, Piazza Eremitani 8
tel. +39 049 8204551
fax +39 049 8204585
Open all year: 09:00 - 19:00
Closed: Mondays (unless public holidays)
musei@comune.padova.it
padovacultura.padovanet.it/it/musei

To reach City Museums :
from train station: buses 3, 10, 12; Sundays and holidays: buses 32, 42.
by car and coach: motorway exit Padova Est, parking at Fiera (Fair): shuttle bus service from Via Tommaseo to centre of town; or motorway exits Padova Sud and Padova Ovest, parking in Prato della Valle, with shuttle bus service to centre of town, Via Valeri (off Via Trieste), Piazza Insurrezione.
 
  • piazza Eremitani 8
    Padova (PD)
  • piazza del Santo
    Padova (PD)
  • piazza del Duomo
    Padova (PD)
  • piazzetta San Michele
    Padova (PD)

COMUNE DI PADOVA - SETTORE MUSEI E BIBLIOTECHE


The institutes called the City Museums of Padova (Musei Civici di Padova) include the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, the Scrovegni Chapel and Palazzo Zuckermann (Museum of Applied Arts and Bottacin Museum). They contain the permanent collections of public property; during the year many  interesting activities take place, such as: cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, conventions.
Contacts des entreprises
via Porciglia 35
35121 - Padova (PD)
+39 049 8204513 padovacultura.padovanet.it/musei
Informations supplémentaires
The Museums had their origins in various collections of works of art, gathered together over the centuries. After the official institution in 1857, collections of books, paintings, sculptures and applied arts all arrived, bearing witness to the history of Padova, from its remote origins until the present day. In 1985, the main museum was transferred to the cloisters of the old Eremitani monastery.
The original collection of the Archaeological Museum was represented by the stone tablets and other artefacts arranged in the loggias of the Palazzo della Ragione. The exhibition begins with objects of pre-Roman age, with findings of great interest going back to the 8th to the 4th-3rd centuries B.C.. There is an important series of Venetic funerary stelae, including those of Ostiala Gallenia. and from Camin. The Roman section is amply represented, with the bust of Silenus, the elegant memorial stone of the dancer Claudia Toreuma, and the monumental tomb of the Volumnii family. There are also many mosaics. The rooms devoted to Egyptian antiquities have two very fine statues of the goddess Sekhmet. Other smaller rooms contain Greek, Etruscan and Italiot materials, a large collection of Greek and Apulian vases. Architectural examples of Roman age are displayed in the cloisters.
Initiated in the late 18th century, the Art Museum now boasts a total of about three thousand paintings, offering a panoramic view of Veneto work in this field from the early 14th to the 19th centuries. Here are works by Giotto, Squarcione, J. Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Romanino, Bassano, Veronese, Tintoretto, Piazzetta and Tiepolo, and also ones by foreign artists, mainly Flemish and Dutch. The Lapidarium contains architectural and decorative fragments coming from the city of Padova and its surroundings. The rich collection of sculptures going back to the 14th-16th centuries contains works by Briosco, the Lombardo family, and Canova. There is also an important section devoted to bronze sculptures, an expressive form which flourished in Padova in Renaissance times.
In 1300, a wealthy Paduan seigneur, Enrico Scrovegni, purchased the area of the Roman Arena in order to construct a sumptuous palazzo to be used as his residence. Next to this, he wished to build a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, in suffrage of his father Reginaldo, mentioned by Dante in Canto XVII of the Inferno, accused of being a usurer. After having met Giotto, Scrovegni commissioned the artist to decorate the Chapel. According to the most reliable statements, Giotto carried out this work between 1303 and 1305. The frescoes entirely cover the walls and ceiling of the building, and narrate episodes in the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ. The vaulted ceiling is a blue star-spangled sky. The narration is depicted in three bands of frescoes on the walls and the triumphal arch. Under there is a basement of imitation marble, showing the Vices and Virtues in appropriate niches. Above the entrance is the Universal Judgement. The crucifix, which once completed the decoration of the Chapel, may today be admired in a hall of the City Museum. The altar holds statues by Giovanni Pisano.
The Multimedial Room at the Scrovegni Chapel includes an itinerary conposed of virtual-reality stations, video clips and real reconstructions. Visitors can experience full immersion in the 14th-century world of Giotto and of his painting, and come to know all about the great Tuscan artist, his work, and his life and times. The project also foresees the need to regulate the flow of visitors to the Chapel, in order to safeguard the precious frescoes.
Still conceived in late 19th-century style, Palazzo Zuckermann was designed by the Milanese architect Aroso, for the Paduan industrialist Enrico Zuckermann, in the years immediately preceding the First World War. The collections of applied and decorative arts are housed on the ground and first floors, and the numismatic displays of the Bottacin Museum on the second floor.

 
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