GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)

Last Judgment (detail)

Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

The diagonal arrangements of the angel formations lead down to the main register, whose centre - also the centre of the wall as a whole - is occupied by the judge of the world, emphasized by his size and colourful aureole. Golden rays in the interior of the aureole surround the figure of Christ; he turns to the blessed and extend his right hand to them in invitation while his left points to the damned in dismissal. A ring of angels, four blowing trumpets, surround the judge of the world like a second bright gloriole.