GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 1 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 1. Rejection of Joachim's Sacrifice (detail)1304-06
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
The elderly Joachim is denied entry to the temple, as he has remained childless. The architecture reinforces the priest's gesture of rejection, to which the saint replies with a saddened look.