The chapel itself is rather plain and simple if you have a good look at it. Truly … we had no idea about the treasures inside! The one very good thing is the fact that the Cappella degli Scrovegni was acquired by the City of Padua in 1880. Why is this a good thing? I can hear you say that. Well, the vulnerable frescoes were subjected to the bad climate and were falling into decline and thanks to the government several specialized restoration operations during the 19th and 20th centuries took place. From the 1970s until today the state of the building, the quality of the air in it, polluting factors, and the state of conservation of the frescoes themselves have all been subjected to careful study and monitoring. This resulted in a new access building, with its special air-conditioned waiting-room. This means that even great influxes of visitors can enter the Chapel and admire Giotto's masterpiece without further jeopardizing its fragile condition in any way.
Good for us to know is that he latest checks showed that the condition of the frescoes is now stable and therefore can be admired for the next centuries indeed. And admire is simply what you will do once you’re inside the Cappelle degli Scrovegni. For us is was a kind of a well hidden gem and we were extremely happy that we were able to have a quick gleam at it.
The chapel was originally attached to the Scrovegni family palace, built after 1300, following the elliptical outline of the remains of the Roman arena. Once you’re outside you can really follow these lines. The Cappella degli Scrovegni is dedicated to St. Mary of the Charity and truly is a masterpiece in the history of painting in Italy and Europe of the 14th century. It is considered to be the most complete series of frescoes executed by Giotto in his mature age. The timeline is that these frescoes are all made between 1303 and 1305 by Giotto. He was commissioned to do so by Enrico degli Scrovegni. This all kind of explains the name of the chapel I guess … lol.
Like I wrote before we (Sam and I) were only inside the chapel a split second and were able and allowed only to take one quick picture. The one think I immediately noticed was the fact that he frescoes, which narrate events in the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ, cover the entire walls. So amazing to see, so many colours, so many frescoes, so much to see, can’t really tell how much, words fail me. We were told that on the wall opposite to the altar is the grandiose Universal Judgement, which concludes the story of human salvation. No picture of this, so sorry.
This tip is all about just keeping exploring where you are and by then just run into some great spots without even knowing that in advance. By sometime during our visit to Padua the girls were a bit tired of the sightseeing and wanted to do some (window) shopping and the men still wanted to see some more of the amazing history of Padua. We (the men) walked our way to the Giardini dell’Arena, because we knew that there was a Roman amphitheatre present and we wanted to see the excavation and its remains. We entered the park and after that entered the courtyard of the Roman amphitheatre and right there we also saw a small chapel, of course for us a reason to take a closer look and saw a huge and beautiful sign which explained us that the chapel was the Cappella degli Scrovegni (Scrovegni Chapel) and there were some frescos made by Giotto present.
For sure we wanted to enter it and admire the frescos, but we were told that we needed to buy tickets in advance and a visit wasn’t longer than 15 minutes. A bit disappointed we left and decided to go back to the Roman amphitheatre. To our great surprise we were called back and were allowed to have a look just behind the doors, take one picture and leave again. We didn’t have to pay any fee, how about that? We were very thankful and also amazed by the beautiful inside frescos of the chapel. What a beauty indeed!
This chapel is a part of Padova City Museums (musei civici di Padova).It was built in 1300 by Enrico Scrovegni and it is dedicated to the blessed Virgin.Scrovegni wanted in that way to rest in peace his fathers soul who was mentioned by Dante in Canto XVII of the inferno as being a usurer.Giotto the famous Tuscan artist was in charge for the frescoes that decorate the interior of the chapel.The story of the frescoes starts from the blue star spangled sky ceiling and continues with the story of Joachim, Virgin Mary, the Passion of Christ and at the end Death and Resurrection.For the sake of the rescoes, visitors have to wait in a special air-conditioned room before their entrance to the chapel, watching a brief story of what they are going to see and protecting at the same time the fragile condition of the frescoes.
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the cappella degli scrovegni, (scrovegni chapel) was built by enrico scrovegni in 1303. the interior of the chapel is covered by a fabulous collection of giotto frescoes. these beautiful scenes of the life of christ were painted by giotto between 1303 and 1305. giotto is considered the father of western art. a must see site for lovers of medieval painting. admittance to the chapel must be booked in advance.
In 'Capella degli Scrovegni' you will find Giotto’s Frescoes, which cover the churches’ walls from floor to ceiling. This is the most complete cycle painted by Giotto.
In these frescoes the Tuscany painter explains different episodes of Jesus and Mary’s lives.
'Capella dei Scrovegni' is a must see in Padua. This Gothic Chapel was built in 1303. Inside you will find the most famous Giotto’s frescoes. There are 38 frescoes that represent the history of religion and mythology, with episodes of the new and the old Testaments.
the man who started to paint with prespective initiated western art as we know it today..this man was Giotto di Bondone! don't miss his paintings in the cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova!!