Decorative elements in the Chapel
Frescoes by GIOTTO

The narrative cycles rest on a painted dado. This complements the pictorial program, and proves to be one of the inventions with which Giotto renewed art, even in what is supposed to be only a secondary setting.

Two very realistically painted, multi-colored panels of marble alternate respectively with depictions of figures. The personifications of the Vices on the one side, and of the Virtues on the other, appear here as marble sculptures brought to life. However, they are not made of stone. This kind of tone-on-tone painting (grisaille) is just as novel as the view into a painted sacristy, which Giotto displays above the marble dado on either side of the triumphal arch. Here, painted and real space once again merge into one. Using a very clear perspective - with a common vanishing point - Giotto depicts two views of an interior space with cross-rib vaulting, whose dimensions are suggested by the lamp which hangs from the ceiling.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Circumcision (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

395*552
True Color
54 Kb



Decorative band
1303-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

573*2000
True Color
186 Kb



Moses Brings Forth Water out of the Rock (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

369*1196
True Color
111 Kb



Jonah Swallowed up by the Whale (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

338*1200
True Color
115 Kb



Creation of Adam (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

399*1200
True Color
117 Kb



Prophet Eliseus with Youths (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

365*1200
True Color
117 Kb



Elijah on the Fire-cart (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

406*1183
True Color
112 Kb



Moses at the Mount Sinai (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

411*1200
True Color
113 Kb



Decorative band with figures
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

520*1128
True Color
112 Kb



Decorative band with figure
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

525*1100
True Color
120 Kb



Decorative band with figures
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

510*1200
True Color
131 Kb



Decorative band with figure
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

345*1194
True Color
85 Kb



Decorative band
1303-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

623*2000
True Color
193 Kb



Decorative band
1303-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

500*2035
True Color
190 Kb



Painted veined marble (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

842*310
True Color
81 Kb



View of a chapel
1304-06
Fresco, 150 x 140 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1101*1500
True Color
213 Kb



View of a chapel
1304-06
Fresco, 150 x 140 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1121*1500
True Color
222 Kb



Scenes with decorative bands
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1046*1253
True Color
273 Kb



Scenes with decorative bands
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

800*908
True Color
181 Kb



Scenes with decorative bands
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

702*860
True Color
161 Kb



South wall (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1000*1119
True Color
224 Kb



North wall (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1000*1178
True Color
258 Kb




Summary of paintings by Giotto
Frescoes in San Francesco, Assisi
Upper Church: Legend of St Francis | New Testament scenes | Lower Church
Frescoes in Arena Chapel, Padua
Life of Joachim | Life of Virgin | Life of Christ | Angels | Heads
Last Judgment | Heads
Vault frescoes | Virtues and Vices | Decorative elements
Frescoes in Santa Croce, Florence
Frescoes in Peruzzi Chapel | Frescoes in Bardi Chapel
Panel paintings
Crucifix | Maestŕ and others | Polyptych panels | Srefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral