“The Chapels that Defined the Renaissance, The Scrovegni, Brancacci and Sistine Chapels”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
The paintings of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua by Giotto, of the Brancacci Chapel in Florence by Masolino and Masaccio, and on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome by Michelangelo respectively represent three extraordinary milestones in the history of painting. Each of these decorative complexes presents a revolutionary artistic interpretation of Christian iconography. In the Scrovegni chapel, Giotto’s introduces a type of “visual vernacular” by humanizing the divine protagonists of biblical stories. The Brancacci chapel instead clearly demonstrates the evolution of Gothic to Renaissance painting styles. On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo would instead introduce his epic vision of the Old Testament as expressed through his radical interpretations of traditional subject matter and through his celebration of the male nude form.