Giotto: The Arena Chapel Frescoes


ISBN: 9780500236673
Artist(s): Giotto
Author(s): Giuseppe Basile
Format: hardback
Year published: 1993
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 388
Illustrations: 239 colour illustrations

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The Arena Chapel is a small plain brick building in Padua whose interior is entirely covered with frescoes by Giotto, painted shortly after 1300 and still miraculously intact. Thirty-six large panels tell the stories of Joachim and Anna (the Virgin’s parents), the Virgin Mary, and the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection; and on the entrance wall opposite the altar is a Last Judgement. These frescoes have always been seen as the starting point of Renaissance art, and are among its most famous masterpieces.

As part of a continuing conservation campaign, between 1988 and 1991 the frescoes were thoroughly examined and recorded in minute detail. The results of this recording are now made available for the first time in their entirety. All the panels are shown complete and in a series of details, many of them actual size, in which expressions and brush strokes speak out vividly across 700 years.


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