Key to Umbria: Spello

The chapel was the seat of the Confraternita dei Disciplinati di Sant’ Anna (see also the page on Sant’ Anna), which is documented from 1362 and was suppressed in 1571 by the Apostolic Visitor, Monsignor Pietro Camaiani.  The chapel was used as a workshop from the 19th century.  The modern designation of Cappella Tega refers to Pietro Tega, a taylor who owned the building and rediscovered its frescoes in 1911.  The space continued to be used for commercial purposes until 1970, when the surviving fresco fragments on its walls were restored.

The chapel is in the form of a vaulted room.  The arch on the left wall, which is now truncated because the small piazza outside has been raised, has been glazed so that some of the frescoes can be seen from outside.

Frescoes (1461)

These frescoes, which are attributed to Nicolò di Liberatore, l' Alunno, depict:
  1. the Crucifixion with the Virgin (almost completely destroyed) and St John the Evangelist, and angels who collect the blood from Christ’s wounds (on the back wall); and

  2. the Evangelists (in the vaults).

Madonna and Child with St Anne (1461)

Much of this fresco on the right wall has been destroyed.  It is attributed to Pietro di Giovanni Mazzaforte.

Frescoes on the counter-façade (1461)

These frescoes are also attributed to Pietro di Giovanni Mazzaforte.  They depict:

  1. to the left of the entrance, St Peter above the gate of Purgatory; and

  2. to the right of the entrance, St Paul above a depiction of a number of women in Hell, who carry scrolls describing their sins (which include deceiving their husbands and disobeying their fathers). 

The inscription under the figure of St Paul gives the date.

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Cappella Tega (14th century)

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