Be enthralled by Padua, just as artists the like of Altichiero, Donatello, Mantegna and Titian would all leave their mark on this city and which Shakespeare referred to as “fair Padua, nursery of arts”. Padua or Patavium as the Ancient Romans referred to it, with claims positioning it as the oldest city in northern Italy, was according to Virgil’s Aeneid founded by the Trojan hero Antenor. A prosperous commercial centre, during the early Renaissance it passed under the rule of the Most Serene Republic of Venice and indeed is connected to La Serenissima via the Brenta Canal on the shores of which the wealthy Venetians would build their Summer palazzi. Padua itself is home to one of Italy’s oldest Universities established in 1222, the Scrovegni Chapel decorated by Giotto in 1305 and the resplendent basilica of San Antonio.
Lorraine Kypiotis is passionate about art and education. She is a senior lecturer in Art History and Theory at the National Art School in Sydney. She is also currently the Education Outreach Coordinator and manages a number of metropolitan, regional and interstate programs. Lorraine is also a popular guest lecturer at the Art Gallery of NSW and leads tours to Italy for Renaissance Tours.
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