The ‘Padova Urbs picta’ nomination is an ambitious project that brings together a unique body of work: fresco cycles painted in different secular and religious buildings throughout the city by various artists over the century or so after Giotto had painted his innovative Scrovegni Chapel frescoes, his undoubted masterpiece in this medium.
The results of non-invasive investigations on the frescoed walls of the Salone di Palazzo della Ragione, carried out by CIBA, gave important and interesting new items about Palazzo della Ragione history.
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The logo of Padua Urbs picta is a 𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐃𝐑𝐈𝐋𝐎𝐁𝐎, an ornamental motif strictly connected to the history of fresco painting in the fourteenth century. In Padua, in fact, the use of this form began with Giotto’s frescoes.
Along the course of the fourteenth century, it became “fashionable” and was used on coins, sacred goldsmiths, sculptures and manuscripts.