(b. ca. 1330, Zevio, d. ca. 1390, Verona)


Fresco, 840 x 280 cm
Basilica di Sant'Antonio, Padua

The Veronese painter Altichiero studied Giotto's frescoes in Padua and borrowing from them developed new forms of pictorial architecture. Around 1380, he and Jacopo Avanzo painted a cycle of frescoes in the Chapel of San Giacomo in the Santo (the church of Sant'Antonio) in Padua. The group compositions of his Crucifixion are those of Giotto's figures, but the architecture is structured so that it seems to recede ever deeper into the background of the picture. Only a stone's throw from the chapel, the young Titian was to work in the Scuola del Santo in 1511, where he was deeply impressed by Altichiero's colour scheme and composition.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 3 minutes):
Guillaume Dufay: Hymn for Easter