The Scrovegni Chapel

In this chapter we discuss one of the most famous works in the world that preserves Padua in the Scrovegni Chapel in the Arena Park.

The Scrovegni Chapel

The Scrovegni Chapel is one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art. It is located in the Arena Garden north of Padua where you can also admire the remains of an ancient Roman arena dating back to the first century.

The small Romanesque-Gothic church that houses this small treasure painted by Giotto, was built by the noble Enrico Scrovegni, in 1303, to redeem the memory of his father who became rich thanks to the practice of usury.

The pictorial cycle that decorates the walls of the private chapel of the Scrovegni family, shows scenes from the life of Joachim and Anne, of the Virgin Mary and of Jesus Christ. What is most striking, however, are the blue notes of the backgrounds and the starry sky of the vault, an ultramarine blue, made from lapis lazuli.

The central theme, however, is salvation, beginning with the appearance of God, until the Last Judgment. What emerges in any case, is the revolutionary style of Giotto, who begins to represent his characters in a more natural way.

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