The Baglioni Chapel in the Church of St. Mary Major - Spello

The Baglioni Chapel in the Church of St. Maria Maggiore - Spello

The Church of St. Maria Maggiore houses a chapel entirely frescoed by Pinturicchio between the late summer of 1500 and the spring of 1501, as commissioned by Troilo Baglioni.

The chapel contains the artist’s self-portrait, a provocation to the self-portrait by Pietro Vannucci, called Perugino, another great artist from Perugia: Bernardino figures with the face of three quarters, hollow features nearly suffering, but proud.

The frescoes of the chapel recount episodes from the life of Mary according to a technique and a descriptive efficacy able to combine the strictness of space and the perspective of the 15th century with the taste and attention to detail, to anecdotal detail and to shades of colours which always surround the main theme: episodes of everyday life, clothes, hairstyles, decorations, floral and vegetal items.

So, the Annunciation is on the left, whose edges are scenes of daily life; to the bottom, the Adoration of the shepherds suggests the Magi; Christ among the Doctors is located to the right. The Sibyls Tiburtina, Eritrea, Europea and Samia are painted on the vault.

The Church of St. Maria Maggiore will be enhanced by installations of floating floors, lighting and audiovisual supports to create a guided visit “within” the frescoes of the famous Baglioni Chapel. The result is a new perception of the genius loci and of the deep religious and spiritual meaning of artworks that have been recognized not only as the masterpieces of Pinturicchio, but also among the greatest masterpieces of the entire Italian Renaissance.

A sophisticated lighting system and the audio support will allow the visitor to observe the fresco so to perceive the artwork’s styles and symbology, many precious details until almost an idea of movement in the artificial light.

Furthermore, the viewer could be accompanied by a background music and by a recorded tale in order to take a virtual tour into the fresco, so to identify its details, its minor characters, its scenes and its small features. Audio equipment will be available for each group of visitors-viewers in a guided itinerary that will be simulaneously theatrical, tactile, visual, olfactory and epistemological.


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