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

No. 3 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 3. Annunciation to St Anne

Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

The miraculous encounter takes place in an obliquely set, box-like room. An angel appears in the window opening and announces the birth other daughter Mary to the praying Anne. Giotto illustrates the intimacy of the scene using the domestic objects, and particularly the contrast between interior and exterior - a maid sits spinning outside in front of the door.