Virtually explore the Scrovegni Chapel with Smarthistory as your guide
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The Arena Chapel (and Giotto’s frescos) in virtual reality
Take a tour of the Arena Chapel in virtual reality—it's almost as good as being there in person!
Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel
Like a comic without words, these frescoes tell the story of Christ and his parents—and give their patron a cameo.
Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 4 of 4)
Christ sits as Judge, separating the blessed from the damned. In Hell, money lenders—like Scrovegni—appear hanged.
Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 3 of 4)
In this powerful scene, Mary cradles the dead Christ. A simple landscape and mourning crowd direct us to her grief.
Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 2 of 4)
With their emotion, gestures, mass, and volume, Giotto’s people seem real—and time moves with them.
Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 1 of 4)
Painting covers every inch of this chapel, from the spiraling narrative cycle to the star-studded blue sky.