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SCROVEGNI CHAPEL Giotto frescoes In 1300, a wealthy Paduan seigneur, Enrico Scrovegni, purchased the area of the Roman Arena in order to construct a sumptuous palace to be used as his residence, Next to this, he wished to build a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, in memory of the soul of his father Reginaldo, accused of being a usurer, and mentioned by Dante in Canto XVII of his Inferno. After having met Giotto, probably during the construction of the Basilica of St. Anthony, Scrovegni commissioned the Tuscan artist to decorate the Chapel. Giotto carried out this work between 1303 and 1305.
The frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel cover the entire surface of the walls and ceiling of the building, and depict 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. Starting from top right, the episodes recount the story of Joachim, followed by those of the Virgin Mary, Christ, the Passion of Christ and, lastly, Death and Resurrection. Under these is a basement of imitation marble, showing the Vices and Virtues.
On the wall above the entrance is the Day of Judgement: Christ the Judge is surrounded by the Angels and the Apostles. Below, to the right, are the Blessed; to the left, the Damned in their torment, depicted according to Medieval tradition.
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.


Restorations

The Scrovegni Chapel was acquired by the city of Padova in 1880, and the vulnerable frescoes were repeatedly subjected to specialised restoration operations during the 79th and 20th centuries. From the 1970s until today, thanks to close co1laboration between the city administration, cultural heritage authorities and the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, the state of the building, the quality of the air in it, polluting factors, and the state of conservation of the frescoes themselves have all been carefully studied and monitored. The addition of the new access building, with its special air-conditioned waiting-room, means that even great numbers of visitors can enter the Chapel and admire Giotto masterpiece without jeopardising its already fragile condition in any way.
The state of the frescoes is now stable, and they have been restored further - delicate operations undertaken by the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro - thanks to an agreement between the city of Padova and the Italian Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.

 


ДОДАТКОВА ОПЕРАТИВНА ІНФОРМАЦІЯ
Piazza Eremitani 8, Padova
tel. +39 049 8204551
opening times: throughout the year: 09:00-19:00
closed on May 1
tickets: full-price 13.00 euro;
reduced price: 8.00 euro groups of minimum 10 persons, young people of 18 to 25;
free of charge: children up to the age of 5, disabled persons
N.B. Advance bookings are required to visit the Scrovegni Chapel: book on Telerete Nordest +39 049 2010020, Mon-Fri 09:00-19:00, Sat 09:00-18:00, or on-line: http://www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it.
tickets must be purchased from the City Museums office in Piazza Eremitani 8

How to reach City Museums and Palazzo Zuckermann:
from train station: buses nos. 3/ 10/ 12; on Sundays and public holidays: buses nos. 42; metrotram;
by car and coach: motorway exit Padova Est: Fairgrounds car park, shuttle bus service to centre of town
motorway exits Padova Sud and Padova Ovest: car park in ex-Foro Boario (Prato della Valle), shuttle bus service to centre of town
  • piazza Eremitani 8
    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.
Контакти з Підприємствами
via Porciglia 35
35121 - Padova (PD)
+39 049 8204513 padovacultura.padovanet.it/musei
Додаткова інформація
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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