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

No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ (detail)

Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

Mary turns on her side on the bed in order to receive the new-born baby from the arms of a midwife — a natural and spontaneous gesture, which is captured by the way mother and child look at one another.