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Giotto palette. From the Assis and Scrovegni's Chapel.

 

The most famous Giotto paintings can be visited in Padua's Cappela degli Scrovegni and in the Assisi Basilic , Umbria Italy.

Giotto statue by Dupré at the Uffizi, Florence, italy

 

 

 


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Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy

Giotto painted the private chapel owned by the Scrovegni family in Padua in the beginning of the 1300s. The mural frescos were finished in 1305.

Giotto paintings - Cappela degli Scrovegni 1
Giotto - Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy

Giotto paintings - Cappela degli Scrovegni 2
Giotto - Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy


Giotto - Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy

Giotto paintings - Cappela degli Scrovegni 4
Giotto - Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy

Giotto paintings - Cappela degli Scrovegni 5
Giotto - Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy

 

Giotto Virtual Restauration

The exhibition

I COLORI DI GIOTTO
La Basilica di Assisi tra restauro e restituzione virtuale
11 April – 26 September 2010.
Assisi, Italy
(In commemoration of the 800 years of the foundation of the Franciscan order)

GIOTTO COM’ERA a cura di Fabio Fernetti Photography: DomenicoVentura.com

 

In order to get the original colors, all pigments were studied chemically. The color pigments were made of gold, azzurit (a rare and very expensive mineral), rare elements and lacks. A particular attention was given to the "biacca" ( a lead-white made out of lead-calcium basic carbonate (PbCO3)2 · Pb(OH)2and a precursor of our zink- and titanium white) - which during the centuries had turn from white to dark brown. Similarly, it was noticed that the azurit had become greenish. 27 "stories" in Giotto paintings were thus first digitally photographed and scaled down at 10% of the original (30cm x 30cm), digitally retouched and then manually hand painted using watercolours and gouache. Over 3 years of work.

 

Apparizione a Gregorio IX, Basilica di Assisi

Giotto paintings: Scrovegni 1
1. Actual condition
Giotto paintings: Scrovegni 2 - restauration
2. Virtual Restauration

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COMPIANTO DELLE CLARISSE

Giotto paintings: compianto delle clarisse original
1. Actual condition
Giotto paintings: compianto delle clarisse digitally repainted
2. Virtual Restauration

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INNOCENZO III BLESSES ST.FRANCIS AND HIS ORDER

INNOCENZO III blesses St. Francis and his order
1. Actual condition
INNOCENZO III blesses St. Francis and his order, repainted
2. Virtual Restauration

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Giotto's legend as the perfect painter is quite know. Reportedly, he could draw a perfect circle with free hand.

A courtier from Pope Benedict IX told Giotto that the Pope wanted to make use of his services and asked him for a drawing which he could send to his holiness.
At this Giotto took a sheet of paper and a brush dipped in red, closed his arm to his side, and with a twist of his hand drew such a perfect circle that it was a marvel to see. Then, with a smile, he said to the courtier: "There's your drawing."
As if he were being ridiculed, the courtier replied: "Is this the only drawing I'm to have?"
"It's more than enough," answered Giotto. "Send it along and you'll see whether it's understood or not."

From "Stories Of The Italian Artists" translated into Eglish from Vasari (1908)

Giotto was the first "star" artist in Western art.

Dante Alighieri was one of his contemporaries and he saw the paintings above on the making. He Wrote about Giotto in his "Divina Commedia" (Purgatory, Canto XI) when he states that he clearly outperformed Cimabues' fame.

Canto XI, nel quale si tratta del sopradetto primo girone e de' superbi medesimi, e qui si purga la vana gloria ch'è uno de' rami de la superbia; dove nomina il conte Uberto da Santafiore e messer Provenzano Salvani di Siena e molti altri.

  
"O Padre nostro, che ne' cieli stai,
non circunscritto, ma per più amore
ch'ai primi effetti di là sù tu hai,

laudato sia 'l tuo nome e 'l tuo valore
da ogne creatura, com'è degno
di render grazie al tuo dolce vapore.

Vegna ver' noi la pace del tuo regno,
ché noi ad essa non potem da noi,
s'ella non vien, con tutto nostro ingegno.

Come del suo voler li angeli tuoi
fan sacrificio a te, cantando osanna,
così facciano li uomini de' suoi.

Dà oggi a noi la cotidiana manna,
sanza la qual per questo aspro diserto
a retro va chi più di gir s'affanna.

E come noi lo mal ch'avem sofferto
perdoniamo a ciascuno, e tu perdona
benigno, e non guardar lo nostro merto.

...

Oh vana gloria de l'umane posse!
com' poco verde in su la cima dura,
se non è giunta da l'etati grosse!

Credette Cimabue ne la pittura
tener lo campo, e ora ha Giotto il grido,
sì che la fama di colui è scura
.

Così ha tolto l'uno a l'altro Guido
la gloria de la lingua; e forse è nato
chi l'uno e l'altro caccerà del nido.

...
".

(source: wiki.it)

Giotto's Crucifiction finished to be restaured

16 October 2010

Giotto Painting

After 10 years of work the Opificio delle pietre dure finished the restauration of the famous Giotto cross. The colours are spectacular.

Here are the pictures (Corriere della sera, sponsor of the project)


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