The frescoes in the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi
"(...) Giotto whom changed the art of painting from Greek to Latin and brought it to his contemporary times, and had the most accomplished art that no one ever had." (Cennino Cennini, “The Book of Art”)
One of the steps that I propose as an overview of the study of the art from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century is to learn the fresco technique, the stylistic language of the artists of the time and the message directed to the faithful. We will learn about artists who worked on the construction site of the Basilica of St. Francis, from the Master of San Francesco to Cimabue; from Giotto and his collaborators to Simone Martini; from Pietro Lorenzetti to Puccio Capanna's frescoes.
The huge complex, one of the largest temples of Christianity, was built in several stages, overlapping Umbrian Romanesque elements with the new Gothic style. A capillary knowledge of the art of that period, as a whole, can be achieved by visiting the complex and describing in great detail the art operations, the various organizational events and the vicissitudes of the commissioners.
The day will then end with an activity in the laboratory in order to understand the various stages of creating the fresco in a practical way. The workshop includes two hours of teaching with the material already provided and with the final work to be brought home as a souvenir.
On request, we can add the visit to Santa Croce in Florence for a continuation of the study on the frescoes by Giotto. The Florentine complex was one of the most celebrated monuments, not only for its architecture, but also for its splendid frescoes cycles. The Giottesque frescoes can also be seen in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene in the Bargello (Florence).
The visit is by appointment only and the price includes the ticket, the earphones, the workshop and the visit. Schedules and availability will be supplied on request. The price is per person.