GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi (detail)1304-06
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. 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.