Giotto: Frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel [Hardcover] by Basile, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Basile

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Synopsis: At the end of a program of restoration that lasted an incredibly short time, but for which preparations had been made down to the smallest detail over twenty years of scientific investigation, historical research, laboratory experimentation, essays, trials and monitoring, one of the most fundamental cornerstones and certainly the most dazzling incunbala of modern European painting has been reopened to the public.

Preceded by long and complex preparatory work on the building and the surroundings, the intervention of conservation on the mural decoration has made it possible to arrest the acceleration of the process of decay. This decay was chiefly the result of the combined action of damp and pollution, but had been further aggravated by the use of unsuitable restoration materials during the intervention carried out in the early sixties.

Once the problem that had prompted the decision to intervene on Giotto's cycle had been resolved, it was thought only proper to respond to the need to restore the paintings as much as possible to their original state.

The result has been to render the revolutionary spatial layout of the work more legible, along with the formal values through which Giotto expressed himself, in particular the quality of his coloring, something that is usually (and inexplicably) undervalued.

But several genuine discoveries have also emerged, such as his use of the technique required to make mock marble ("marmorino" or "Roman stucco") and of oil to "bind" the white lead, which as a consequence has not undergone any process of alteration. This has revealed, at an unparalleled level (at least as far as our current knowledge is concerned), effects of sunlight or luminosity that it would be hard to regard as produced by chance.

About the Author: Giuseppe Basile. Born at Castelvetrano in Sicily (1942), he took a degree in art history at the University of Palermo under Cesare Brandi (1964), and then went on to study at the Graduate School of Art History of Rome University under Giulio Carlo Argan (1965-67). Since 1976 he has worked as an official art historian for the Ministry for the Cultural and Environmental Heritage (now Cultural Heritage and Activities), first at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and then at the Istituto Centrale per gli , where since 1987 he has directed the Servizio per glib Interventi sui Beni Artistici e Storici.

Since the academic year 1991-92 he has taught the Theory and History of the Restoration of Works of Art at the Graduate School of Art History of Rome University "La Sapienza."

Since 1995 he has been ordinary member of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology.

Francesca Flores d'Arcais. Born in Padua in 1935, graduated from the University of Padua, where she studied under Professors Sergio Bettini and Rodolfo Pallucchini. Since 1981she has been professor of history of medieval and modern art. She currently teaches the history of medieval art at the Catholic University of Milan. Specializing in fourteenth-century painting from the Veneto region, she has worked on Guariento (1965 and 1974), Altichiero and Avanzo (1984 and 2001), Giusto dei Menaboi (1988), Giotto (1995 and 2000) and Paolo Veneziano (2002).

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