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Giotto in Bratislava

THE COPY of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua that is being exhibited at the Bratislava castle shows beauty of this, Giotto di Bondone's most important work.
The copy is a 1:4 ratio scale model that makes it possible to admire every detail of the frescoes that have been copied from the original.

A detail from The Last Judgement.
photo: The Italian Institute of Culture

THE COPY of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua that is being exhibited at the Bratislava castle shows beauty of this, Giotto di Bondone's most important work.

The copy is a 1:4 ratio scale model that makes it possible to admire every detail of the frescoes that have been copied from the original. The frescos are even easier to see thanks to the copy's smaller size. The model communicates the original's beauty and serves as an encouragement to visit Padua to see the original.

Gianfranco Martinoni, the exhibition's author, came to Bratislava to introduce the Giotto exhibition personally. He has been travelling with the project since its beginning in 1987, when the world celebrated the 650th anniversary of the death of Giotto (1267-1337). "The frescoes from the Scrovegni Chapel are not only a jewel of Padua but should be introduced to the whole world," said Martinoni.

"Giotto is really an important figure in the history of art because he closes the Middle Ages and with his

Gianfranco Martinoni (left), author of the project, came to Bratislava to introduce the exhibition personally.
photo: Jana Liptáková

revolutionary approach to the visual arts and with his expressiveness he opens the Renaissance age," said Martinoni. "He leaves Byzantine and Gothic artistic style and brings so-far unknown realism into the composition. He uses perspective, colour, depicts a figure from all sides, a real man with feelings, like the tears of Mary crying over the body of Christ; something that was impossible before."

Giotto painted a fresco cycle depicting the life of the Virgin and the passion of Christ on the order of a rich merchant named Enrico Scrovegni at the beginning of the 14th century.

The copy of the chapel and an exhibition of photos of Padua will be on display at the castle until August 5. Then the exhibition will move to Ljubljana, Helsinky, Stockholm and Amsterdam.

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