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  • Record Number: 1901
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Jacobus , Laura
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  • Title: Giotto's "Annunciation" in the Arena Chapel, Padua [the Appendix reproduces a Latin text of the Annunciation "Cantatur evangelius cum ludo (Gospel singing with a play)]
  • Source URL: Art Bulletin (Full Text via JSTOR) 81,1 (March 1999): 93-107. Link Info target = '_blank'>Art Bulletin (Full Text via JSTOR) 81,1 (March 1999): 93-107. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Giotto di Bondone, Painter Liturgical Drama Mary, Virgin, Saint- Annunciation in Art Padua, Padua, Italy- Arena Chapel- Fresco Cycle Theaters- Stage Settings in Art
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14
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  • Primary Evidence: Painting; Padua, Arena Chapel, Fresco cycle.
  • Illustrations: Eighteen Figures. Figure One Arena Chapel, Padua, looking east. Figure Two Giotto, "Annunciation," detail of left side, the Angel (Padua, Arena Chapel). Figure Three "Annunciation," detail of right side, Mary. Figure Four "Apparition to Saint Anne." Figure Five "Apparition to Saint Anne," detail of Saint Anne. Figure Six "Annunciation," detail of the Virgin Annunciate. Figure Seven "Annunciation," detail of the Angel Gabriel. Figure Eight "Meeting at the Golden Gate." Figure Nine "Meeting at the Golden Gate," detail, showing Saint Joachim, Saint Anne, and ladies-in-waiting. Figure Ten "Wedding at Cana," detail of bride and guests." Figure Eleven "Annunciation," detail of the head of the Virgin Annunciate. Figure Twelve "Offering of the Rods," detail of suitors. Figure Thirteen "Charity." Figure Fourteen Arena Chapel, west wall. Figure Fifteen "Dedication Scene." Figure Sixteen Arena Chapel, chancel arch wall. Figure Seventeen "Dedication Scene" with sunbeam. In color. Figure Eighteen Arena Chapel, window in south wall.
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  • Abstract: Giotto's fresco of the "Annunciation" in the Arena Chapel differs significantly from other scenes in the cycle in pictorial form and narrative style. Numerous clues indicate that the "Annunciation" was designed to relate to devotional practices in wholly original ways. The figures resemble actors in a paraliturgical performance, and during Mass on the feast day of the Annunciation they became "performers" in a synaesthesic spectacle of sound and light. [Reproduced by permission of the College Art Association].
  • Author's Affiliation: Birkbeck College, London University.
  • Conference Info: - , -
  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English;Latin
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00043079
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