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

No. 14 Annunciation: The Angel Gabriel Sent by God

Fresco, 150 x 195 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

The Annunciation takes place in the lower section of the fresco on the lunette above the chancel arch, in the two spandrels flanking the chancel arch. Mary and the Angel of the Annunciation kneel in a narrow building to the left and right of the triumphal arch. Its jutting balconies are so aligned perspectively that they absorb the real architecture that lies between them, and the triumphal arch thus seems to convey the angel's greeting.