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

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Corso Cavour 126 - 06034 Foligno
The Church of St. Mary Major houses a chapel entirely frescoed by Pintoricchio, as commissioned by Troilo Baglioni, between the late summer of 1500 and the spring of 1501. 

The chapel contains the artist’s self-portrait, a rather provocative statement to Pietro Vannucci’s self-portrait, called the 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 remind to the Marian’s episodes 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 vegetable items. So, the “Annunciation” comes out on the left, whose edges are scenes of daily life; to the bottom, the “Adoration of the shepherds”  suggests “the Magi ride”; “the dispute of Jesus with the doctors” is located to the right. The Sibyls Tiburtina, Eritrea, Europea and Samia are painted on the vault.

For this big occasion the Church of St. Mary Major will be enriched by installations of floating floors, scenic lights and audiovisual supports that 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 as well as spiritual meaning of an artwork that has been recognized not only as the masterpiece of Pinturicchio, but also as one of 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 at the same time theatrical, tactile, visual, olfactory and epistemological.


The entrance is planned and ongoing.



[Source: http://turismo.comune.spello.pg.it]