Cappella degli Scrovegni - evening visit
Giotto under the Stars: buy your tickets online and visit the Scrovegni Chapel at night...
An exclusive opportunity to admire this incredible treasure beyond the normal daily opening hours.
Entirely frescoed by Giotto, and considered his highest masterpiece, the Scrovegni Chapel is definitely one of the sights not to be missed during a visit to Padua! As with daytime access, in order to preserve the precious and ancient frescoes kept inside it, Scrovegni Chapel bookings for evening visits are limited to certain dates, time slots and a maximum number of people: we advise you to check the calendar - which will appear after clicking on the ticket you wish to purchase - to see what days and times are available.
Hurry up to buy your Arena Scrovegni Chapel evening tickets: places are limited!
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Cappella degli Scrovegni - Subsidised Ticket*
Cappella degli Scrovegni - Full Ticket
Cappella degli Scrovegni - Reduced Ticket*
1) SCROVEGNI CHAPEL AT NIGHT - OPENING HOURS AND PRICES
The evening tickets for the Arena Chapel in Padua can be booked for specific dates only:
- from March 26 to 1 November 2020
- 27 and 30 December, 2020
- from 2 to 9 January, 2021
There is only one time slot accessible at 7.20 pm from Wednesday to Sunday with just 10 places available in total (7 full tickets, 2 reduced tickets and 1 subsidised ticket).
Full price: €8.00
- EU citizens over 65
- children aged 6 to 17 years
- students up to 26 years (with student ID and booklet)
- groups of at least 10 people
- individual visitors belonging to any association upon presentation of a valid membership card
- residents in Padua and its province
- employees of the Municipality of Padua
- teachers at all levels
- CitySightseeing Padova ticket holders
- holders of the following cards (the reduction is valid for one visitor only): ACI (Automobil Club Italia), CRAL/Associazione Lavoratori, UNIVERSITA' POPOLARE o DEL TEMPO LIBERO, ACLI, AICS, A.I., E.D., ARCI, DI.SEGNO Association, FANTALICA, VIGILI DEL FUOCO CORPO NAZIONALE Association, ASSOTURISMO/CONFESERCENTI, AVIS, CAMPOER CLUB INSIEME, CAPIT, CIRCOLO NUMISMATICA PATAVINA, EMEERGENCY, GREENSTOP, LEGAMBIENTE, SOCIETA' DANTE ALIGHIERI, SORSI D'ARTE, TOURING CLUB, TRA (Traviso Ricerca Arte), TRALALTRO, UISP, UNPLI (Unione Nazionale Pro Loco), APC - ASSOCIAZIONE PRODUTTORI CARAVAN E CAMPER, AREAARTE, BICI CLUB ITALIANI, CAMPERLIFE, COMANDO FORZE OPERATIVE NORD - COMFP NORDP/ESERCITO, CONFEDERAZIONE ITALIANA CAMPEGGIATORI, EDENRED ITALIA (with coupon EDENRED ART), FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), PLENAIR, SKIRA', BICI CLUB ITALIANI
- children up to 5 years
- visitors with impaired mobility and carers
- ICOM card holders (for Chapel bookings)
*when you present your voucher at the ticket office, you will be asked to show the document or card which proves your right to purchase a reduced, subsidized or free ticket.
The voucher that you will receive at the end of the booking must be presented at the ticket office (in paper or electronic format on mobile devices - smartphones, tablets or other devices) for it to be converted into a regular admission ticket. The admission ticket for the evening visit To Giotto Arena Chapel in Padua can be collected on the reserved date only, that is indicated on your voucher, after 5.00 pm. We suggest you to show up at the ticket office at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot in order to complete all the entry procedures.
2) FURTHER INFO ON SCROVEGNI CHAPEL
Considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art, the Scrovegni Chapel is a jewel that will amaze and excite any visitor... today, perhaps more so than in the past, thanks to the introduction of an innovative variable LED lighting system that enhances the quality of the color of the frescoes bringing it back to their natural beauty. Using sensors, lamps, video cameras and other devices, the system can adjust the interior brightness of the chapel by monitoring the external light. This new technology has been patented by the iGuzzini firm from the Marche region, an emblem of Italian pride in the world, which has already collaborated with major museums such as the Louvre, the Hermitage and the Moma, illuminated the Last Supper by Leonardo and the bridge of Taormina, and won important international awards for their commitment in the artistic field. The Scrovegni Chapel has therefore been the object of a sort of 'perceptive restoration' that combines low energy consumption with lighting created specifically to enhance the beauty of this extraordinary site, preserving the degradation of colors caused by traditional lighting.
Brief historical description
At the beginning of the fourteenth century, Enrico Scrovegni, a rich Paduan banker, bought the area of the ancient Roman arena of Padua to build a sumptuous palace: the chapel represented the private oratory and future family mausoleum. To paint these halls, he called the Florentine artist Giotto who was already in Padua to paint the Chapter Hall, the chapel of blessings and probably other spaces inside the Basilica of Saint Anthony. The frescoes were completed in just two years and the Chapel was consecrated on March 25, 1305.
In the nineteenth century Palazzo Scrovegni was demolished. The Chapel was instead acquired by the city of Padua, which immediately began many restoration activities, in particular on the precious frescoes by Giotto.
Starting around 1970s to the present day, accurate studies and monitoring have been carried out on the state of the building, air quality, pollution and the state of conservation of the paintings. The construction of the new access building, together with the installation of an air treatment plant, have made it possible to manage the high number of visitors without compromising the conservation of the frescoes. Following the last surveys, which showed the situation had stabilized, it was possible to carry out restoration interventions, implemented by the Central Institute for Restoration thanks to the memorandum of understanding signed between the Municipality and the Ministry for Heritage and Culture.
The captivating and small inside area is entirely frescoed: Giotto organized the representations in four tiers in which the panels with the stories of the main characters are divided by geometric frames. The asymmetrical shape of the chapel was decisive for elaborating the decorative module: it was therefore initially decided to insert two panels in the spaces between the windows, placed only on the right side of the chapel, and then the width of the ornamental bands was calculated to insert as many panels with an equal size on the other wall.
Inspired by the theme of salvation, the pictorial cycle begins in the lunette above the Triumphal Arch with God who decides to reconcile himself with humanity and entrusts the Archangel Gabriel with the task of erasing Adam’s guilt with the sacrifice of his son. Next comes the the first tier of the south wall, with the Stories of Joachim and Anna, and the first of the north wall with the Stories of Mary, which are followed by the scenes of the Annunciation and the Visitation on the Triumphal Arch. In the north and south walls of the second tier are the Stories of Christ, continuing on the south and north walls of the third tier followed by another painting on the Triumphal Arch with Juda’s Betrayal. The Sacred History ends with the last frame showing the Pentecost. The fourth tier contains the monochromes of the Vices, on the north wall, and the Virtues on the south wall. On the counter-façade instead is the splendid Last Judgment.
Compared to the Stories of St. Francis, painted by Giotto for the Upper Basilica of Assisi, in the Scrovegni Chapel there is a simplification of the narrative composition and a reduced number of characters in the scenes. Giotto reveals his artistic maturity both in the refinement of the expressive means and in a greater mastery of the composition of the narrative scenes as well as in the gestures, postures, expressions and the softer colors of the representations. The figures appear realistic, both in volume and modeling: the protagonists are revealed in all their importance, poised and majestic, while figures on the side are vivid, more relaxed and less rigid.
Even expressivity plays a very important role becoming a fundamental part of the narrative tone: faces and gestures make us perceive the soul and personality of the characters, in addition to their feelings and emotions. The same artistic maturity is felt even in the backgrounds, which are devoid of unreal concession: interplays of solids and voids, three-dimensional constructions, perspective, lights and shadows are clear and proportionate to the figures in the foreground.
This extraordinary pictorial cycle has led to the establishment of Giotto as one of the greatest masters in the history of art. Thanks to the perspective view, the ability to interpret reality and the use of colors to give volume to the figures, his art anticipates the trends that will then be implemented in the following centuries.
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