GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal1304-06
Fresco, 150 x 140 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
This scene, very seldom depicted, is displayed on the triumphal arch wall. The scribes, who were whispering in the preceding scene, The Driving of the Traders from the Temple, persuade Judas to betray his master. Judas, with the Devil at his back and holding a sack of gold, exchanges a knowing glance with the Pharisee.