GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (detail)1304-06
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
The throngs of people crowd into the centre, towards Christ, who is betrayed by Judas' kiss. Every movement, even that of Peter as he cuts off the ear of an attacker, and every gaze heightens the tension of the central confrontation.