Our previous visit to Padua was to the market and surrounding area. A few of us wanted to see the University and the Giotto frescos so a small group took taxis this morning and we had the best morning of the trip!
The University dates back to the 14th century and boasts as its alumni many of the greats such as Copernicus and Hervey. It is still a University now having 13500 students. One of the interesting things to see was the lecture theatre where illegal dissections took place.
We were not supposed to take photos but I sneaked this one of a model of the theatre. Students stood on the galleries gazing down at the table where the dissection was taking place by candlelight. There were no windows or daylight as it was done in secrecy.
We also visited an ancient vast palazzo, very impressive frescos and various other medieaval artifacts.
The highlight of course was the Cappella degli Scrovegni which is the chapel containing the Giottos which are breathtaking both in quantity and quality.
The subjects, as with all medieval art is of course religious and Catholic but it does not concentrate on bleeding crucifixions but more on the life of Christ and even more on living a sin free life in order to avoid the punishment of hell.
Heaven with all the goodie goodies climbing up through the clouds and then wearing halos!
Hell where Satan rules and black demons and snakes torment you forever!
Every inch of the interior is covered with these glorious paintings. Surprising to see perspective used so well as the principles of perspective were not discovered till 100 years after Giotto.
Unfortunately our time was limited. I could have spent much longer both at the University and at the museum. Sad to think we wasted a whole morning last week at the market.