Tuesday 25 April 2023

Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

This site is mainly about the frescoes, but I believe that the exteriors of the buildings are also part of the site.

Scrovegni Chapel

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The Scrovegni Chapel (ItalianCappella degli Scrovegni), also known as the Arena Chapel, is a small church, adjacent to the Augustinian monastery, the Monastero degli Eremitani in Padua, region of VenetoItaly. The chapel and monastery are now part of the complex of the Museo Civico of Padua.

Scrovegni Chapel - Flight into Egypt
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The chapel contains a fresco cycle by Giotto, completed about 1305 and considered to be an important masterpiece of Western art. - in: wikipedia

Palazzo della Ragione
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The Palazzo della Ragione is a medieval market halltown hall and palace of justice building in Padua, in the Veneto region of Italy. The upper floor was dedicated to the town and justice administration; while the ground floor still hosts the historical cover market of the city. The palace separates the two market squares of Piazza delle Erbe from Piazza dei Frutti. It is popularly called "il Salone" (the big Hall).
The Palazzo was begun in 1172 and finished in 1219. In 1306, Fra Giovanni, an Augustinian friar, covered the whole with one roof; originally there were three roofs, spanning the three chambers into which the hall was at first divided; the internal partition walls remained until the fire of 1420, when the Venetian architects who undertook the restoration removed them, throwing all three spaces into one and forming the present great hall, the Salone. The new space was refrescoed by Nicolò Miretto and Stefano da Ferrara, working from 1425 to 1440. Some of the frescoes depict the astrological theories of Pietro d'Abano, a professor at Padua University in the 13th century. - in: wikipedia

Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua
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The Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua (ItalianBasilica Pontificia di Sant'Antonio di Padova) is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in PaduaVenetoNorthern Italy, dedicated to St. Anthony.
Construction of the Basilica probably began around 1232, just one year after the death of St. Anthony. It was completed in 1310 although several structural modifications (including the falling of the ambulatory and the construction of a new choir screen) took place between the end of the 14th and the mid-15th century. The Saint, according to his will, had been buried in the small church of Santa Maria Mater Domini, probably dating from the late 12th century and near which a convent was founded by him in 1229. This church was incorporated into the present basilica as the Cappella della Madonna Mora (Chapel of the Dark Madonna). - in: wikipedia

Basilica of St Anthony and Gattamelata by Donatello
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The Equestrian Statue of Gattamelata is a sculpture by Italian early Renaissance artist Donatello, dating from 1453, located in the Piazza del Santo in Padua, Italy, today. It portrays the Renaissance condottiero Erasmo da Narni, known as "Gattamelata", who served mostly under the Republic of Venice, which ruled Padua at the time. - in: wikipedia

The buildings listed (in red what I have):

  • Scrovegni Chapel Church of the Eremitani
  • Palazzo de la Ragione Chapel of the Cararesi Palace Cathedral Baptistery
  • Basilica and Monastery of St. Anthony Oratory of St. George
  • Oratory of St.Michael

Although I already have 3 of the 4 properties, I didn't mind having more postcards showing the frescoes on all of them

Saturday 1 April 2023

Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks

This site includes the Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
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Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park (PortugueseParque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros) is a national park of Brazil located in the state of Goiás, on the top of an ancient plateau with an estimated age of 1.8 billion years. The park was created on January 11, 1961, by President Juscelino Kubitschek, and listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2001.
The main river in the park is the Rio Preto, a tributary of the Tocantins River. There are many waterfalls along its course such as the Rio Preto Falls (120 meters high, 80 meters at the base) and the Cariocas Falls. The park is noted for its scenic canyons, with walls of up to 40 metres (130 ft) high and valleys of up to 300 square metres (3,200 sq ft) deep. - in: wikipedia