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

No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 18. Road to Calvary

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

The crowd of people has left Jerusalem en route to the hill of Calvary by the Golden Gate. Some push the unhappy mother back, others drive Christ onward. The latter appears isolated to the right of the centre of the painting, thus illustrating the loneliness of his journey. At the same time, Giotto creates the impression of a procession using the two truncated figures on the right edge of the picture.