GIUSTO de' Menabuoi
(b. ca. 1320, Firenze, d. 1391, Firenze)


Baptistry, Padua

The Padua Baptistry is a centrally planned structure with a domical vault supported on pendentives. Giusto and his assistants covered every wall surface of the Baptistry with frescoes. One of the primary themes of the program is the end of time, the Day of Judgment, when the elect will join Christ in his kingdom. Concentric tiers of saints and angels ring the centre of the dome, whose height is enhanced by the progressive diminution of the figures' sizes toward the central, looming figure of the blessing Christ. Directly beneath him and on axis with the Baptistry's entrance door hovers the Virgin in a glowing gold mandorla.

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