GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 6 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 6. Meeting at the Golden Gate (detail)1304-06
Fresco, width of detail 76,5 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
Anne and her companions have gone to meet Joachim. The spouses encounter one another on the bridge in front of the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, certain that they will now become parents. Everything around them seems to be affected by this from the arches of the architecture, which appear to echo the posture of the couple, to the faces, which reveal very different responses.