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Giotto’s Remarkable Frescoes in the Scrovengi Chapel in Padua Italy

English: Moses brings forth water out of the r...

English: Moses brings forth water out of the rock, as in Numbers 20:2-13, fresco by Giotto di Bondone, at the Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) a Padova, the Seven Vices: “Injustice” (Iniustitia, ca. 1305-1306)

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Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) a Padova, the Seven Vices: “Inconstancy” (Inconstantia, ca. 1305-1306) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Giotto’s “The Kiss of Judas”:

 Giotto di Bondone, No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (Kiss of Judas), 1304-06, Scrovegni Chapel, Padova

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Giotto, who was born around 1267, was 36–38 years old when he worked at Enrico Scrovegni’s chapel. He had a team of about 40 collaborators, and they calculated that 625 work days were necessary to paint the chapel. A “work day” meant that portion of each fresco that could be painted before the plaster dried and was no longer “fresh” (fresco in Italian ).

The cycle is divided into 37 scenes. “The Kiss of Judas” is near the end of the sequence for logical reasons.

Giotto, The Last Judgement, 1304-06, Scrovegni Chapel, Padova

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Cast of the portrait of Enrico Scrovegni, made...

Cast of the portrait of Enrico Scrovegni, made by Giovanni Pisano. Original in capella degli Scrovegni. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This chapel was commissioned by Enrico Scrovengi who was a wealthy banker. There is an interesting portrayal of the Seven Christian virtues: the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and courage.  The three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity . There is also an interesting representation of the Vices; 14 individual figures spaced out: seven Virtues and seven Vices.

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The allegories of the Vices and Virtues, are embedded in a fake plinth with mirror-like marble slabs on the lower part of the two side walls. The Virtues are on Christ’s right, the side of the blessed, while the Vices, opposite, are on the side of the damned in Hell.

“The antinomies identified by Prudentius” at the beginning of the fifth century are :between Faith and ldolatry, Chastity and Lust, Patience and Anger, Humility and Pride, Temperance and Gluttony, Charity and Avarice.

Dante in the Purgatory, uses this framework to characterize the journey to Paradise, as the obstacles presented by the seven Deadly Sins – Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Avarice (and Prodigality), Greed and Lust – are overcome with the help of the seven opposing Virtues.

Envy, Giotto paints like an old woman, who burns in the flames while inaudible words in the form of a snake come out of her mouth: the animal then turns back against her by biting her nose. The old woman is contrasted by a luxuriant young woman, Charity holding a cornucopia and a filled basket, symbols of abundance, shown above.

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Desperation; at the moment of her death a demon comes to carry away the soul of this anonymous woman. This is also how Judas Iscariot is depicted when he hangs himself in art from this period:

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Infidelity:

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Faith:

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Fortitude:

Justice:

Hope:

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Prudence:

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Giotto’s “Last Judgment”, covers the wall above the entrance. My favorite fresco is “The Kiss of Judas” which portrays the betrayal of  Jesus by Judas.

Last Judgment by Giotto, part of the Scrovegni...

Last Judgment by Giotto, part of the Scrovegni Chapel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Kiss of Judas” is a traditional depiction of Judas by Giotto di Bondone, c. 1306. Fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Giotto was an architect as well as an artist, and may have designed the chapel.

Don’t forget to visit the amazing Basilica of Saint Anthony while you are in Padua. The botanical garden of Padua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
The Botanical Garden of Padova today; in the background, the Basilica of Sant'Antonio.
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii
Reference 824
UNESCO region Europe
Inscription history
Inscription 1997 (21st Session)

Padua is also the birthplace of the famous architect Andrea Palladio and famous scuptor Antonio Canova.

The Flight into Egypt by Giotto di Bondone (13...

The Flight into Egypt by Giotto di Bondone (1304-06, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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