GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
Accompanied by his disciples, Christ enters Jerusalem mounted on an ass. The people come to meet him in front of the city gate - we can recognize the Golden Gate on the right of the painting. To honour their Lord, some of them spread their clothes out on the ground. Giotto plainly demonstrates how events are progressing through the various stages of disrobing on the one side, and the movement of the donkey on the other. Movement and counter-movement give us the origin and the end of the procession.