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Giotto's Annunciation in the Arena Chapel, Padua

Laura Jacobus
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 81, No. 1 (Mar., 1999), pp. 93-107
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3051288
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3051288
Page Count: 15
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Giotto's Annunciation in the Arena Chapel, Padua
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Abstract

Giotto's fresco of the Annunciation in the Arena Chapel differs significantly from other scenes in the cycle in pictorial form and narrative style. Numerous clues indicate that the Annunciation was designed to relate to devotional practices in wholly original ways. The figures resemble actors in a paraliturgical performance, and during Mass on the feast day of the Annunciation they became "performers" in a synaesthesic spectacle of sound and light.

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