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