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

No. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas

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

The scene takes place in an enclosed, darkened room. One torch is lit and only one window is slightly open. Caiaphas' seat is raised up. He tears his robe in anger, while the soldiers bring Christ in. In the previous frescoes Christ appeared in profile or half-profile. Here his face is shown frontally. In this way Giotto illustrates a change - Christ seems to have lost all his vigour.