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 Info
Circumcision (on the decorative band)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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 | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral



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