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

No. 11 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 5. Marriage of the Virgin

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

After these two preparatory scenes, which are seldom depicted, the marriage of the Virgin Mary now takes place in front of the temple, whose architecture is shown here for the third time. The high priest carefully moves the Virgins hand towards Joseph, who would like to place the ring on her finger. Mary's gaze is lowered. She rests one hand on her stomach, alluding to her impending pregnancy.