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

No. 4 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 4. Joachim's Sacrificial Offering

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

In the open countryside, Joachim has sunk to the ground and catches sight of an angel, who indicates to him that his sacrifice has been accepted. Colour is used to establish a connection between these two figures, illustrating the miraculous nature of events. As so often, Giotto also employs a figure here who comments on the action — the praying shepherd. In his colorings, he is closer to the rocks and the animals. He too recognizes the hand of benediction in the sky.