GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
With camels and gifts the three kings have followed the comet along the narrow rocky path to the stable at Bethlehem. On the fresco, this stable really does seem to be the end of the road. The oldest king has taken off his crown, and kneels before the baby Jesus. All present watch what is happening quietly and reverently. Only one vividly depicted secondary figure, the camel driver, prefers to attend to his animals. Giotto uses this contrast to increase the effect of the main scene.