GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 2 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 2. Joachim among the Shepherds (detail)1304-06
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
Sad and introverted, Joachim arrives among the shepherds. Using the contrast between the lively sheep, the dog that greets him, and the knowing glances of the shepherds, Giotto elucidates his state of mind in the voluminous, closed form of the saint.