Graubünden - Culture of Construction

alt_title_logo Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden
Chantun Grischun
Cantone dei Grigioni
Additional Buildings and Works
back to overview

Reformierte Kirche Stugl/Stuls*

Stugl/Stuls | 7482 Bergün/Bravuogn
Outstanding Gothic murals, along with the frescoes of the churches Santa Maria Assumption in Brione-Versasca TI and Santa Maria di Ghirli in Campione TI the most northerly examples of the Giotto School; the only known fresco cycle in the Giotto style that exists in the Grisons today.

Mediaeval building in 1300 at the latest; restored 1955. Unostentatious construction in practically circular, walled cemetery. The apse is closed on two sides, narrowed to the east to a trapezoid after 1500. Behind it covered ascent to the choir tower, which is thought to have been raised in the 17th century. Along the north side remains of murals: St. Christopher and the former church patron John the Baptist. Around 1310/20 in a linear style of the Early Gothic; St. George's battle with the dragon around 1360/70 by the same hand as the paintings in the interior.

The nave with deep-set barrel vaults entirely painted with high-quality pictures probably around 1360/70 in the distinct style of Giotto's frescoes in the Arena Chapel at Padua: in the middle strip of the vault Christ in the mandorla with the symbols of the Evangelists as well as those of the fathers of the church; in the two side bands and on the west curtain wall Mary's Entombment, Baptism of Christ, Last Supper and five scenes of the Passion. The two grand, regal figures on the far left of the south wall are the remains of an illustration, which had originally extended into the choir arch wall.

(Kunstführer durch Graubünden, Hg. Gesellschaft für Schweizerische Kunstgeschichte. Eng. translation of the title: Art Guide of Graubünden, ed. Society for the History of Swiss Art, Zurich 2008. This book has only been published in German.)