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

No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (detail)

Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

The throngs of people crowd into the centre, towards Christ, who is betrayed by Judas' kiss. With the force of his body Judas presses against Christ, who appears to disappear beneath the traitor's cloak. This expresses the inevitable outcome of this overwhelming confrontation. Surrounded and hemmed in by numerous faces, the profiles of Christ and Judas almost collide. The two look at one another — the one with dignity and seriousness, the other full of malice. The whole drama of the event is captured in this infinitely long exchange of glances.