Christus Rex et Redemptor Mundi
Cappella degli Scrovegni

The decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (between 1303-1305) has been universally recognized as the most significant and most paradigmatic creation of Giotto and one of the capital events in the history of the European painting.
Enrico Scrovegni, the Paduan sponsor of Giotto was a very highly placed personage. Very rich and ambitious, he acquired in 1300 the area of Arena in order to build a palace with a chapel; the dates of construction, decoration and consecration are documented between 1303 and 1305.
For this aristocratic commission, Giotto had at his disposal the walls of a small church, which was also asymmetric due to the six windows that open only on the right wall. In order to implement his vast iconographic program, the painter took as point of reference the space between two windows, calculating the insertion of two stories, one on top of the other; the frescos are smaller than those in Assisi (200 x 185 cm, compared to 270 x 230 cm).
On the back wall, the florentine artist painted a single grandiose scene, the Final Judgement.

La decorazione della cappella degli Scrovegni di Padova (tra il 1303 e il 1305) è indicata da tempo come l'opera più significativa e paradigmatica lasciataci da Giotto e come uno dei fatti capitali della storia della pintura europea.
Enrico Scrovegni, il committente padovano di Giotto, è un altissimo personaggio. Estremamente facoltoso e di grande ambizione, acquista nel 1300 la zona dell'Arena per costruirvi il proprio palazzo con annessa una cappella, le cui date di costruzione, decorazione e consacrazione sono documentate tra 1303 e 1305.
Per questa commissione signorile, Giotto aveva a disposizione le pareti di una chiesa di piccole proporzioni e asimmetrica, per via delle sei finestre che si aprono soltanto sulla parete destra. Per rendere possibile l'attuazione del vasto programma iconografico, il pittore ha preso come punto di riferimento lo spazio tra le due finestre, calcolando di inserirvi due storie, una sopra all'altra; i riquadri sono piu piccoli di quelli assisiati (cm 200 x 185, contro cm 270 x 230).
Sulla parete di fondo, nella contrafacciata, l'artista fiorentino ha dipinto un'unica grandiosa scena, quella del Giudizio Finale.


- The Scrovegni Chapel - La Cappella degli Scrovegni (132KB) --- small image (40KB) --- large image (296KB)
left view of the ceiling (large) (285KB) --- right view of the ceiling (large) (293KB)
upper left view (large) (269KB) --- upper right view (large) (269KB)
center left view (large) (279KB) --- center right view (large) (285KB)
lower left view (large) (259KB) --- lower right view (large) (254KB)

- The Final Judgement - Il Giudizio Finale (130KB) --- small image (40KB) --- large image (286KB)
Apostles and Elects at Christ's right (424KB) --- Apostles and Elects at Christ's left (395KB)
Christ the Judge surrounded by Apostles and Angels (410KB)
Angels and Scrovegni presenting the Chapel (414KB) --- Satan and his reign (362KB)

- The Final Judgement - detail of the angels - Il Giudizio Finale - particolare degli angeli (103KB) --- small image (32KB) --- large image (249KB) --- very large image (600 dpi) (408KB)

- The Final Judgement - detail of Enrico Scrovegni - Il Giudizio Finale - particolare di Enrico Scrovegni (100KB) --- small image (31KB) --- large image (244KB) --- very large image (600 dpi) (439KB)

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