Easter Sunday

Giotto, Noli me tangere, c1305. Scrovegni chapel fresco, Padua
Giotto, Noli me tangere, c1305. Scrovegni chapel fresco, Padua

Giotto ‘the father of Western art’, with another masterly fresco. “Noli me tangere” being Jesus’ words to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection. The Scrovegni chapel has a curious history, more atonement, by the sound of it. To quote directly from Wikipedia:

The chapel was commissioned by Enrico Scrovegni, whose family fortune was made through banking. At this time charging excess interest when loaning money was considered to be usury, a sin so grave that it resulted in exclusion from the Christian sacraments, and many early bankers were concerned lest their trade jeopardised their souls. It has often been suggested that Enrico built the chapel in penitence for his father’s sin of usury and to obtain absolution for his own. Enrico’s father Reginaldo degli Scrovegni is one of the usurers encountered by Dante in the Seventh Circle of Hell. Recent studies have debated whether Enrico himself was involved in usurious practices and if the chapel was intended as restitution for his own sins.

Dante, again. A very smart guy.

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