Padua’s Fourteenth-Century Fresco Cycles

Padua’s Fourteenth-Century Fresco Cycles, Padova, Italy (B)

Padua is a beautiful medieval city and an easy day trip from Venice. It also has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: its Botanic Garden and its medieval frescoes. Why are Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles so important, and where can you see them?

The UNESCO site known as Padua’s Fourteenth-Century Fresco Cycles is a collection of eight buildings throughout the city containing spectacular medieval frescoes. Painted by a number of different artists between 1302 and 1397, they are in a mixture of religious and secular buildings, the most important being the Scrovegni Chapel.

The Padua frescoes are magnificent, important artworks in their own right. The UNESCO designation also emphasises their significance in the history of art. Despite their different artists they display “a unity of style and content”; they also illustrate the development of fresco painting during the 14th century.

The Scrovegni Chapel is a small church beside a former monastery (now the Eremitani Museum). It was built by Enrico Scrovegni, a wealthy banker, as a private chapel for himself and his family. The exterior is uninspiring but in 1303 Scrovegni commissioned the artist Giotto to paint the interior, and the walls are entirely covered with frescoes. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Padua’s Fourteenth-Century Fresco Cycles
Guide Location: Italy » Padova
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Karen Warren
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Frescoes Of The Scrovegni Chapel
  • Basilica Of San Antonio
  • Padua Baptistery
  • Chiesa degli Eremitani
  • Oratorio di San Giorgio
  • Oratorio di San Michele
  • Palazzo della Ragione
  • Loggia dei Carraresi