Scenes from the Life of Christ
Frescoes by GIOTTO

The scenes in which Christ is the protagonist are divided into two sequences that narrate the events of his life and Passion. In order to underline their paradigmatic and universal value, the scenes have been placed on two facing registers that run in parallel fashion along the walls and are superimposed in such a way as to establish specific correspondences between them.

Five scenes on the right wall represent the Nativity (no. 1), the Adoration of the Magi (No. 2), the Presentation in the Temple (No. 3), the Flight into Egypt (No. 4), and the Massacre of the Innocents (No. 5). The next six scenes on the left wall - Christ among the Doctors (No. 6), the Baptism of Christ No. 7), the Marriage at Cana (No. 8), the Raising of Lazarus (No. 9), the Entry into Jerusalem No. 10), and the Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple (No. 11) - have the most solemn narrative tone of all the frescoes.

After the scene of Judas's Betrayal on the triumphal arch wall (No. 12), the story continues on the tier below, on the window-side (right side) of the chapel. Here we have a symmetrical arrangement (an outdoor scene flanked by two indoor scenes) of scenes from the Passion of Christ - the Last Supper (No. 13), the Washing of Feet (No. 14), the Arrest of Christ (No. 15), Christ before Caiaphas (No. 16), and the Mocking of Christ (No. 17).

In the lower tier on the left wall are the Road to Calvary (No. 18), the Crucifixion (No. 19), the Lamentation (No. 20), the Resurrection (No. 21, represented by the Noli me tangere scene instead of the three Marys at the tomb), the Ascension (No. 22), and the Pentecost (No. 23).

In the construction of the scenes are particularly important the architecture and the expert use of perspective, which are always strictly functional for a clear layout of the story.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 8 minutes):
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 (excerpts)


Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1186*1200
True Color
211 Kb



No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1426
True Color
191 Kb



No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1184*1394
True Color
246 Kb



No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1196*1200
True Color
207 Kb



No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1022*1654
True Color
203 Kb



No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1112*1297
True Color
253 Kb



No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1099*1285
True Color
258 Kb



No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 3. Presentation of Christ at the Temple
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1193*1200
True Color
228 Kb



No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 3. Presentation of Christ at the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1099*1292
True Color
255 Kb



No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 3. Presentation of Christ at the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1446
True Color
211 Kb



No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1176*1200
True Color
199 Kb



No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1227*1384
True Color
251 Kb



No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1275*1509
True Color
241 Kb



No. 21 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 5. Massacre of the Innocents
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1198*1200
True Color
227 Kb



No. 21 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 5. Massacre of the Innocents (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1266*1483
True Color
222 Kb



No. 21 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 5. Massacre of the Innocents (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1280*1509
True Color
242 Kb



No. 22 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 6. Christ among the Doctors
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1276*1200
True Color
240 Kb



No. 22 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 6. Christ among the Doctors (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1194*1408
True Color
246 Kb



No. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1275*1200
True Color
241 Kb



No. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1409*1018
True Color
237 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1270*1200
True Color
238 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1467*1000
True Color
247 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

716*880
True Color
141 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1189*1650
True Color
218 Kb



No. 25 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1272*1200
True Color
229 Kb



No. 25 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1185*1380
True Color
229 Kb



No. 25 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1527*957
True Color
242 Kb



No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1289*1200
True Color
237 Kb



No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1587*882
True Color
242 Kb



No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1199*1405
True Color
237 Kb



No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1199*1408
True Color
231 Kb



No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1293*1200
True Color
234 Kb



No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1719*939
True Color
226 Kb



No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal
1304-06
Fresco, 150 x 140 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1075*1200
True Color
169 Kb



No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1202*1396
True Color
223 Kb



No. 29 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 13. Last Supper
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1214*1200
True Color
215 Kb



No. 29 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 13. Last Supper (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1193*1396
True Color
228 Kb



No. 30 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 14. Washing of Feet
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1244*1200
True Color
228 Kb



No. 30 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 14. Washing of Feet (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1110*1298
True Color
230 Kb



No. 30 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 14. Washing of Feet (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1198*1377
True Color
229 Kb



No. 30 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 14. Washing of Feet (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1112*1276
True Color
246 Kb



No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (Kiss of Judas)
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1228*1200
True Color
236 Kb



No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1110*1297
True Color
228 Kb



No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1193*1406
True Color
231 Kb



No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1096*1292
True Color
242 Kb



No. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1226*1200
True Color
222 Kb



No. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1192*1404
True Color
249 Kb



No. 33 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 17. Mocking of Christ
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1254*1200
True Color
223 Kb



No. 33 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 17. Mocking of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

706*857
True Color
145 Kb



No. 33 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 17. Mocking of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1124*1292
True Color
221 Kb



No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 18. Road to Calvary
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1297*1200
True Color
225 Kb



No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 18. Road to Calvary (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1195*1400
True Color
258 Kb



No. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1311*1200
True Color
247 Kb



No. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1122*1301
True Color
254 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (The Mourning of Christ)
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1282*1200
True Color
242 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation ((detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1424
True Color
201 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation ((detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1647*943
True Color
227 Kb



No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 21. Resurrection (Noli me tangere)
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1296*1200
True Color
217 Kb



No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 21. Resurrection (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1284*1505
True Color
233 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1298*1200
True Color
252 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

781*1000
True Color
100 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1201*1407
True Color
228 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1107*1300
True Color
264 Kb



No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 23. Pentecost
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1254*1200
True Color
236 Kb



No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 23. Pentecost (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1170*1299
True Color
229 Kb




Summary of paintings by Giotto
Frescoes in San Francesco, Assisi
Upper Church: Legend of St Francis | New Testament scenes | Lower Church
Frescoes in Arena Chapel, Padua
Life of Joachim | Life of Virgin | Life of Christ | Angels | Heads
Last Judgment | Heads
Vault frescoes | Virtues and Vices | Decorative elements
Frescoes in Santa Croce, Florence
Frescoes in Peruzzi Chapel | Frescoes in Bardi Chapel
Panel paintings
Crucifix | Maestŕ and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral