The exposition in the Museo Civico agli Ermitani is only a starting point for this beautiful itinerary throughout Padova, which permits us to discover a city that is not so well known by tourists, but so important for its artistic treasures.
In the Museum it is possible to see many works illustrating Giotto’s time and his followers. You will be able to compare Giotto’s style to Giusto, Guariento and Altichiero’s. And then you will find lots of restored works, sculptures, frescoes, miniatures, by artists not from Padova, but very linked to the city.
You can continue the visit at the Cappella degli Scrovegni, recently restored, entirely frescoed by Giotto, with histories of Christ’s Passion and Final Judgement, for Enrico Scrovegni who wanted his sins in life to be pardoned. These marvellous frescoes show Giotto’s modernity, in the geometrical conception of spaces and figures, the sacred characters seen in his human and daily aspects, and very early examples of “trompe l’oeil.
Left the Cappella the visit continues to the Cathedral’s Baptistery, the Reggia Carrarese (with works by Guariento), the Basilica del Santo, the Sala del Capitolo (with works by Giotto and his followers), and the Oratorio di San Giorgio.
In this way, the exposition wants to underline Padova’s importance in the XIVth century: the city is in facts gave hospitality to the most important artists of the time, especially thanks to the Franciscan order who first called Giotto. Vittorio Sgarbi, the editor of the catalogue, who also presented the exposition to the media, wanted to underline the importance of the axe Assisi – Rimini – Padova in XIVth century painting. ”.He stated that the “real Florence” in that century is Padova, when we talk of painting; in facts Giotto didn’t work a lot in Florence, that was his native city.
The city of Padova has prepared the exposition in every detail, and the didactic style of the display permits you to understand a lot about the works of art you see.
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English version by Simona Piselli
”Giotto e il suo tempo” from the 25th IX. 2000 to the 29th. IV. 2001
Price (for the Museum and the monuments included in the itinerary): L.15.000, reduced L.10.000.
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