Northern Italy & Burgundy 2011

Padua

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini

 

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua is an individual UNESCO World Heritage site, containing one of the most important masterpieces of western art.  They do not allow photography.  Therefore, the images you see here of Giotto’s frescos are from an internet source:  http://www.haltadefinizione.com/magnifier.jsp?idopera=15  The cycle of 30 frescos were originally painted in 1305-10 in the chapel the Scrovegni family built to atone for their usury.

Padua is a lively town, an art and pilgrimage center as well as the home of the University of Padua which was founded in 1222.  The city has had a rich history, claiming to be the oldest city in northern Italy, being founded in 1183 BC.  Within its walls, it retains its medieval street plan.

The 13th century Ciesa degli Eremitani (Church of the Hermits) is well known for its frescoes by Guariento and Andrea Mantegna.   The church was damaged by bombing in 1944 and only fragments of Mantegna’s 15th century work remain.

The remains of St. Anthony of Padula are housed in the Byzantine Basilica di Sant’Antonio.  Beside the entrance is one of the great works of the Renaissance, Donatello’s bronze statue of the mercenary Erasmo of Narni, who was also known as Gattemelata.  This name means “the sweet cat”.

The photographs were taken with Leica cameras, the M8, M9 and D-LUX 3.  All images are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without permission. We can be contacted via e-mail at fogler.mancini@sbcglobal.net.   Our home page is http://www.fogler-mancini-photos.com/Home/Fogler-Mancini_Home.html

January 11, 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wgfm

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