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Giotto di Bondone:The Scrovegni Chapel Padua

Lina Vincent Sunish

Giotto had previously worked for the Franciscan friars. The chapel was to serve as the family’s private oratory and as a funerary monument for Enrico and his wife. According to records, it was first consecrated on 25 March 1303, Giotto’s work falling into the period from 25 March 1303 to 25 March 1305.

Studying art history is very rewarding; it allows one to enter into the cultural ethos of times and places often far removed from one’s own. Through my years of post-graduate school in Bangalore, I allowed my imagination to wander at will, looking at images and picturising the real settings of art objects and artefacts – paintings, sculptures, murals and architecture existing in museums and cities created by civilisations across the world. It is always ever second or third best to look at a reproduction. The Italian Renaissance is a superlative period, a benchmark against which several streams of artistic development are studied and evaluated.

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