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

No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple

Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

In the we can see Christ driving out the traders with a violent gesture. The latter start with fright, the animals jump free, the children seek the protection of the disciples, and the scribes whisper to one another perfidiously. The span between the scribes and the touching gesture with which John presses a child to his side emphasize Christ's actions.