11 September 2017
This year marks the 750th anniversary of the birth of Giotto – one of the fathers of the Italian Renaissance – and to commemorate the occasion, the Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Cannaregio is hosting a ground-breaking multi-media exhibition that allows visitors to experience his work in an entirely new way.
Titled “Magister Giotto”, this highly interactive show uses cutting-edge technology, music and narration to bring Giotto’s world-renowned paintings vividly to life. Equipped with headphones, visitors are taken on a curated 45 minute journey around the exhibition that features a narrative by Italian actor Luca Zingaretti and a bespoke soundtrack composed by jazz musician Paolo Fresu.
Spanning two floors of the monumental Scuola Grande, the itinerary begins with an introduction to Giotto’s masterpieces such as the Assisi fresco cycle depicting the life of St Francis, and ends with an exploration of the ‘Giotto Mission’ – a 1986 European Space Agency mission that, for the first time in history, intercepted Halley’s Comet which Giotto depicted in his ‘Adoration of the Magi’ in Padua’s Scrovegni Chapel. Based on rigorous scientific and art historical research, this immersive show really does allow you to get up close and personal with one of art history’s most iconic yet enigmatic figures.