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VRA Core 4 Example 27: Fresco cycle
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Work record [refid 29]
agent Enrico Scrovegni (Italian patron, died ca. 1336); Giotto (Italian painter, ca. 1266-1337)
culturalContext Italian
date ca. 1303-1306 (creation)
description The frescoes include the Last Judgement on the entrance wall and three tiers of fresco panels on the two lateral walls that contain scenes from the Life of Joachim and Anna, the Life of the Virgin, and the Life of Christ. The choir arch contains the Annunciation. Between the main scenes Giotto used a faux architectural scheme of painted marble decorations and small recesses. There are allegorical figures of the Virtues and Vices painted in grisaille (as though they were monochrome relief sculptures) on the dado level of the walls.
Grove Art Online; (accessed 6/1/2009) [description source]
location Arena Chapel (Padua, Veneto, Italy) [site]
The chapel is also known as the Arena Chapel because it was built on land purchased by Enrico Scrovegni that abutted the site of a Roman arena. [location note]
material pigment on plaster (fresco)
source Core 4 Sample Database (VCat)
stylePeriod Medieval
subject allegorical; architectural interiors; cycles or series; New Testament; Old Testament and Apocrypha; saints; Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; Christian iconography; the Passion
technique fresco painting (technique)
title Arena Chapel frescoes [cited, true, en]
Frescoes in the Capella degli Scrovegni [descriptive, false, en]
worktype paintings (visual works); frescoes (paintings)
Images for this Work
Example 23: Details, Palazzo della Ragione
[refid 131]
Kiss of Judas, one of the panels of the Life of Christ cycle
Example 23: Section, Palazzo della Ragione
[refid 132]
Nativity of Mary, one of the panels of the Life of the Virgin cycle
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