Designs for the grandly painted interior decorations of private chapels in churches and palaces experienced great popularity during the 14th and 15th centuries. This investigation is dedicated to both the spatial organization of image sequences in the medium of wall painting and how the largescale narrative is perceived by the viewer in situ. Against the background of media and literary narrative theories, current research on the “spatial turn,” multipart image forms and the mobile viewer, the author is able to review the cycles in a new light.
Examining eight private chapels, such as Giotto’s renowned Bardi Chapel in the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence, or the little-researched St. John’s Chapel at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the publication devotes itself to the interplay of images, space and viewer. The use and reception of the stories told in these spaces have been categorized from a culturalhistorical point of view, taking into consideration contemporary preaching practices and the revival of the ancient art of mnemonics.