Magister Giotto
The Scrovegni Chapel

In Zagreb the first multimedia exhibition devoted to the masterpiece by the great Tuscan artist.

Magister Giotto – The Scrovegni Chapel is the immersive exhibition by Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment, dedicated to one of the key protagonists of Italian Art history: Giotto di Bondone (1267 – 1337). In collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture and the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, the exhibition at the Galerija AMZ (7 November 2018 – 15 January 2019) presents one of the greatest masterpieces of Giotto: the Scrovegni Chapel of Padua, frescoed between 1303 and 1305.

Giotto is the symbol of a Middle Ages becoming something else

Giotto, The Nativity. Birth of Jesus

The Scrovegni Chapel Giotto, Padua, 1303-1305.
By courtesy of Municipality of Padua.

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua: one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art

The exhibition, conceived in two sequential areas, introduces artistic and theological contents within an immersive and theatrical installation, while taking an in-depth look at the techniques and the historical period through a short film entirely shot in the Scrovegni Chapel.

The declination of contents is experienced through a dramatic and musical narration, inserting itself in the tradition of the best Italian film, and the experimentation of new technologies and enlarging - assembling techniques. Visitors are thus immersed in an absolutely unique experience, accompanied by the original music by jazz artist Paolo Fresu and, for the Italian version, the voice of actor Luca Zingaretti. The exhibition will also be accessible in Croatian and English.

The Scrovegni Chapel is one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art. The story begins on 6 February 1300, when Enrico Scrovegni – an affluent Paduan banker – purchases the area of the ancient Roman Arena. A sumptuous palace is built on the site, with an adjoining chapel to serve as a private oratory and sepulchral monument. Enrico commissions Giotto, then thirty-five, to decorate this monument. He has to follow an extremely complex iconographic and theological programme, which reveals the presence, alongside the Master, of a theologian of doctrinal sophistication. In the atmosphere of the first Jubilee in history (proclaimed by Boniface VIII in February 1300) the Arena Chapel enacts God’s Reconciliation to mankind and points to the path that we are called to choose for being saved.

Giotto, Meeting of Joachim and Anne at the Golden Gate

The Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, 1303-1305.
By courtesy of Municipality of Padua.

Giotto, The Crib at Greccio

Basilica superiore di Assisi, Assisi, 1295-1299.
© Archivio Scala Firenze.

Giotto, The Crib at Greccio

Basilica superiore di Assisi, 1295-1299.
© Archivio Scala Firenze.

Giotto, The Nativity. Birth of Jesus

The Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, 1303-1305.
By courtesy of Municipality of Padua.

Giotto, The Nativity. Birth of Jesus

The Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, 1303-1305.
By courtesy of Municipality of Padua.

Magister Giotto – The Scrovegni Chapel is an exhibition curated by Alessandro Tomei, Professor of History of Medieval Art, and Giuliano Pisani, Classic Philologist and Art Historian, in close collaboration with the Artistic Director Luca Mazzieri, author and director, and the Executive Director Alessandra Costantini, architect and designer. Renato Saporito, CEO of Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment, is in charge of the creative supervision.

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Exhibition by
Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment S.r.l.

RENATO SAPORITO
CEO Cose Belle d’Italia Media Entertainment S.r.l.

CURATORS

ALESSANDRO TOMEI
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.

GIULIANO PISANI
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).

PAOLO FRESU
Musical Dramaturgy

LUCA ZINGARETTI
Italian Narrator Voice

OZREN GRABARIĆ
Croatian Narrator Voice

LUCA MAZZIERI
Artistic Director

ALESSANDRA COSTANTINI
Executive Director

TILBE YESIM KUCUKONDER
Assistant Executive Management

SUSANNA LEGRENZI
Communication Consultant

MASSIMILIANO CAMISASCA
Marketing Director

ROBERTA TALARICO
International Relations Account

ORGANIZERS

ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE IN ZAGREB

STEFANIA DEL BRAVO
Director

ELIA SKAZLIĆ
Assistant

OLJA DESNICA
Graphic design

THE ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM IN ZAGREB

SANJIN MIHELIĆ
Director

DARIJA PRELČEC
Coordinator

HANA IVEZIĆ
AMZ Gallery Manager

DAVORKA MARAČIĆ
PR and marketing

IGOR KRAJCAR
Technical coordinator

IVAN TROHA
ROBERT VAZDAR

Technical execution / support

SPONSORS

PRIVREDNA BANKA ZAGREB

TRIGLAV OSIGURANJE

GRAD ZAGREB

TURISTIČKA ZAJEDNICA GRADA ZAGREBA

ADVENT U ZAGREBU

SVEUČILIŠTE U ZAGREBU, AKADEMIJA LIKOVNIH UMJETNOSTI

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