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Padua. A major exhibition inspired by the stars painted by Giotto and evoked by Dante

Friday, 05 November 2021 15:51
Padua Civic Museum Padua Civic Museum

A riveder le stele is an exhibition organized by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Padua in collaboration with The Bank Contemporary Art Collection and with the support of the Cassa Foundation di Risparmio di Padova and Rovigo, that will run in the Eremitani Museum in Padua from 30 October 2021 to 30 October 2022.


Forty major works, some of which were commissioned for the exhibition

Curated by Barbara Codogno, the exhibition brings together around forty large works, some of which were created for the occasion, all from the Bassano Collection and some of the most celebrated names in the Italian figurative art scene: a tribute to two 14th-century giants - Giotto and Dante - who revolutionized their time, bringing painting and prose into the future.

dante statueDante's Statue


The stars: an omen of light and hope

The connection between these two medieval authors are the stars: Giotto's stars, as seen on the splendid vault of Padua’s Scrovegni Chapel, and those invoked by Dante in the last verse of Hell when, accompanying Virgil, the great poet contemplates the starry sky, an omen of the new path of light and hope.

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References to the magnificent vault in Padua’s Scrovegni Chapel

The exhibition, inspired by the contexts narrated by Giotto and Dante, is divided into sections with references to details of the frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel.  A perspective which explains Barbara Codogno, “Is neither didactic, much less hagiographic or traditionalist, but rather evocative and suggestive, while remaining faithful to the path of light traced by both Dante and Giotto, ferrying the viewer towards the rebirth indicated by the stars.”

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