Created on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Giotto’s birth, presented at the magnificent Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia in Venice, Magister Giotto is the first major immersive exhibition to be devoted to one of the key protagonists of the history of Italian art. An interweaving of music, words and images. A diary of emotions to be discovered through a captivating story, entrusted to the voice of actor Luca Zingaretti and the musical notes of jazz player Paolo Fresu.
The exhibition route of Magister Giotto winds its way through environments of major perceptive impact, scenographic reconstructions, deceptive views. Technology - at the disposal of art - offers visitors an unprecedented experience, where details, episodes, intervals of the broadest scope, are showcased and highlighted, to enable them to grasp the most hidden meaning of one of the most exciting revolutions in the history of art.
Accompanying the visit is an enjoyable 45-minute story that, precious gem by precious gem, will reveal the fundamental innovation of Giotto the man. The Franciscan stories in Assisi, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, the majestic Crucifixes and the other works created in Florence form the basis of the narrative structure, which concludes with the 1986 Giotto Mission by the European Space Agency, which for the first time in history intercepted Halley’s Comet, painted in the Adoration of the Magi in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua.
Magister Giotto has come about through the rigorous research work conducted by Alessandro Tomei, full professor of history of medieval art, and Giuliano Pisani, classical and historical philologist of art, with the participation of a Scientific Committee composed of Cesare Barbieri, emeritus professor of astronomy, and Stefania Paone, associate professor of history of medieval art, with the scientific consultancy of Serena Romano Gosetti di Sturmeck, full professor of history of medieval art, working in close collaboration with artistic director Luca Mazzieri, author and film director, and executive director Alessandra Costantini, architect and designer.
Thanks to the work of this prestigious multidisciplinary team, visitors will experience the thrills of a great experience and come into contact with the Magister and his works. They will be prompted to reach out their hands to dry the tears of his Crucified Christs, who for the first time will look them in the eyes rather than observe them from above. A journey that leads where art is born, into the intimate soul of a man-artist who rises, not by chance, from a disciple to being an absolute Magister.
Founder, CEO and Creative Supervisor di Magister Art
Full Professor of History of Medieval Art, “G.D’Annunzio” University, Chieti - Pescara. Formerly curator of “Giotto e il Trecento”, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, 2009.
Classical philologist and art historian. Member of the Board of Guarantors for the Promotion of Classical Culture of the MIUR. Author of “I volti segreti di Giotto” (Rizzoli, 2008).
SERENA ROMANO GOSETTI DI STURMECK
Professor of History of Medieval Art, University of Lausanne. Formerly curator of “Giotto e L’Italia”, Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2016.
Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, University of Padua. Meritorious Gold Medal for Culture and Art of the MIUR, Commendatore of the Italian Republic.
Researcher, Associate Professor of History of Medieval Art, University of Calabria, Cosenza.
RAFFAELE DI VAIO
Architecture and Stagecraft Installation
Director of Lighting
Assistants to the Artistic Direction
Assistant to Executive Direction
Branding and Communication
Communications Coordination and Press Office
PIER MATTIA AVESANI
ROBERTO DAL BOSCO
Graphics Animation and Post Production
Illustrator “A Boy Named Giotto”
LASER ENTERTAINMENT S.R.L.
ALBERTO KELLNER ONGARO
Service and Synchronization
LUIGI ETTORE RICCHIONI
Graphics and Editing Assistants
GIANLUCA PRINA, VALENTINA BIGICCHI
STUDIO ESSECI DI SERGIO CAMPAGNOLO
Text revision and translation