Spotlight Lecture

Cappella degli Scrovegni – Tuesday 10 November

Tuesday 10 November


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Taking advantage of the fact that Giotto was in Padova working on the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, Enrico degli Scrovegni, a wealthy Paduan banker, commissioned the Florentine painter to decorate a private chapel adjacent to the Palazzo Scrovegni. The result was Giotto’s masterpiece, a fresco cycle which is a high point of the proto-Renaissance.

Moving away from the stylised art of Cimabue and Duccio, Giotto presents figures which are alive, three dimensional and filled with emotion, rather than elongated and stiff. Vasari, in his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, describes Giotto paving the way to the Renaissance by drawing from nature. Giotto’s frescoes revived Classical ideas, focusing on humans and depicting them as they are, filled with emotions and dressed in clothing which falls naturalistically.

In the well preserved frescoes in the Cappella degli Scrovegni, we witness Giotto’s ability to convey dramatic narratives with great economy and great depth. It is a jewel of a site which is at the heart of the Tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Padova Urbs Picta.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 10 November 2020

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:00 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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