DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)

The Betrayal by Judas (scene 5)

1308-11
Tempera on wood, 50 x 53 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

The picture shows one of the 26 narrative scenes from the Stories of the Passion on the reverse side of the Maestà. It is situated in the bottom row on the left side above the scene of Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles.

Before an open loggia Judas meets the High Priests in order to receive payment for his betrayal of Jesus. The scene is set in external surroundings where the space is arranged in varying degrees of depth. The group in the foreground, on the same level as the pillar on the right, is gathered in front of a loggia with cross-vaults and round arches. The polygonal tower, a little behind the central building, completes th