The Arena Chapel is a small plain brick building in Padua whose interior is entirely covered with frescoes by Giotto, painted shortly after 1300 and still miraculously intact. Thirty-six large panels tell the stories of Joachim and Anna (the Virgin's parents), the Virgin Mary, and the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection; and on the entrance wall opposite the altar is a Last Judgement. These frescoes have always been seen as the starting point of Renaissance art, and are among its most famous masterpieces. As part of a continuing conservation campaign, between 1988 and 1991 the frescoes were thoroughly examined and recorded in minute detail. The results of this recording are now made available for the first time in their entirety. All the panels are shown complete and in a series of details, many of them actual size, in which expressions and brush strokes speak out vividly across 700 years. The reproductions are printed in colour to the highest quality. Accompanying texts provide the art-historical background, explain the legends, and describe the frescoes' survival through the centuries. This book captures the artist's supreme achievement in all its epoch-making power - his magisterial representation of weight and volume, his genius for storytelling, his compassion and his irresistible sense of drama. This is the definitive record of one of Western art's founding treasures. Giuseppe Basile is superintendent of the restoration work at the Arena Chapel and the Basilica di San Francesco d'Assisi. He teaches theory and history of art restoration at the University of Rome.
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The luminous frescoes depicting the life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary that Giotto painted in the Arena Chapel in Padua are among the greatest works in Italian art. This splendid volume, the fruit of an ongoing restoration project, reproduces all the frescoes in plates that convey their muted yet glorious colors, their commanding tension and sense of drama. Basile, who heads the Chapel's conservation efforts, explores how Giotto set up a complex system of cross-references: the seven Vices and seven Virtues correspond to each other across the nave in paired opposites, and the narrative sequence of the frescoes, completed by 1306, culminates in a powerful Last Judgment scene. He also investigates Giotto's eclectic sources, which include the Apocryphal Gospels and a popular 13th-century lives of the saints.
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Descripción Thames & Hudson, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 2nd. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0500236674
Descripción Thames & Hudson, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110500236674
Descripción Thames & Hudson, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0500236674