Eight unique places that tell the story of fourteenth century Padua starting with an absolute masterpiece like Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel frescoes.
The nomination of not a single place, but of a whole number of settings, is a challenge. There are no such nominations and awards in UNESCO history.
The great development of 14th century Paduan painting begins with Giotto's arrival in Padua, where he was summoned around 1302. Taking advantage of Giotto's stay in Padua, Enrico Scrovegni commissioned the artist with the work known until today as his masterpiece, which inspired Padua’s artists throughout the next century; Pietro and Giuliano da Rimini, Guariento di Arpo, Giusto de’ Menabuoi, Jacopo Avanzi, Altichiero da Zevio and Jacopo da Verona, they all reworked in personal and independent ways the revolutionary language brought by the great Florentine master.
Eight city locations preserve Giotto's most significant work and his legacy, unique pictorial testimonies that together create a coherent path, a story to be known and preserved in its unity.
Different public, private, secular and religious settings unite together to continue and preserve, protect, enhance and promote a historical artistic heritage born of human ingenuity so that it will be kept whole for future generations around the world.