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

Last Judgment (detail)

Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

The nobleman Enrico Scrovegni offers the three Marys the church that he has donated. He is supported in this by a cleric, whose robe hangs over the real architecture. Giotto is attempting, by means of this illusionistic element and the portrait-like depiction of the donor, a realism which will draw the viewers into the picture.