Heads and gazes: details from the fresco cycles
by GIOTTO

In the Arena frescoes, in addition to the figures' gestures, and in coordination with them, their gazes communicate very clearly. Never before in painting had speaking with the eyes played such an important role in the pictorial narrative; never before was it as varied and nuanced as in these frescoes. There are looks that express tension, reverence, admiration, astonishment, joy, openness, and so on, but there are also introspective, questioning, skeptical, and searching gazes.

In this section we present details of the frescoes illustrating the above.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
No. 1 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 1. Rejection of Joachim's Sacrifice (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

938*1100
True Color
144 Kb



No. 1 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 1. Rejection of Joachim's Sacrifice (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

963*1100
True Color
152 Kb



No. 1 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 1. Rejection of Joachim's Sacrifice (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

938*1100
True Color
157 Kb



No. 2 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 2. Joachim among the Shepherds (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

947*1100
True Color
120 Kb



No. 2 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 2. Joachim among the Shepherds (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

953*1100
True Color
96 Kb



No. 3 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 3. Annunciation to St Anne (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1021
True Color
99 Kb



No. 3 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 3. Annunciation to St Anne (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1078*1100
True Color
153 Kb



No. 4 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 4. Joachim's Sacrificial Offering (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

995*1100
True Color
133 Kb



No. 5 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 5. Joachim's Dream (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1068*1100
True Color
139 Kb



No. 6 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 6. Meeting at the Golden Gate (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

904*1100
True Color
129 Kb



No. 6 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 6. Meeting at the Golden Gate (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

991*1100
True Color
97 Kb



No. 6 Scenes from the Life of Joachim: 6. Meeting at the Golden Gate (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

917*1100
True Color
99 Kb



No. 7 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 1. The Birth of the Virgin (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*995
True Color
157 Kb



No. 7 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 1. The Birth of the Virgin (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*915
True Color
115 Kb



No. 8 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 2. Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*879
True Color
120 Kb



No. 8 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 2. Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1020*1110
True Color
211 Kb



No. 9 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 3. The Bringing of the Rods to the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1096*1100
True Color
150 Kb



No. 9 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 3. The Bringing of the Rods to the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1015*1100
True Color
139 Kb



No. 9 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 3. The Bringing of the Rods to the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*992
True Color
112 Kb



No. 9 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 3. The Bringing of the Rods to the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1069
True Color
143 Kb



No. 9 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 3. The Bringing of the Rods to the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*927
True Color
132 Kb



No. 9 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 3. The Bringing of the Rods to the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*931
True Color
126 Kb



No. 11 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 5. Marriage of the Virgin (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*951
True Color
130 Kb



No. 11 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 5. Marriage of the Virgin (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1008
True Color
121 Kb



No. 11 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 5. Marriage of the Virgin (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*947
True Color
140 Kb



No. 12 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 6. Wedding Procession (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

922*1100
True Color
148 Kb



No. 12 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 6. Wedding Procession (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1034*1100
True Color
137 Kb



No. 12 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 6. Wedding Procession (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

839*1100
True Color
132 Kb



No. 13 God Sends Gabriel to the Virgin (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

955*1100
True Color
157 Kb



No. 16 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 7. Visitation (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*981
True Color
131 Kb



No. 16 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 7. Visitation (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1077
True Color
134 Kb



No. 16 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 7. Visitation (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

991*1100
True Color
150 Kb



No. 16 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 7. Visitation (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1018*1100
True Color
151 Kb



No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

951*1100
True Color
135 Kb



No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

977*1100
True Color
151 Kb



No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

978*1100
True Color
160 Kb



No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

920*1100
True Color
158 Kb



No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

968*1100
True Color
166 Kb



No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

936*1100
True Color
174 Kb



No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 3. Presentation of Christ at the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

945*1100
True Color
135 Kb



No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 3. Presentation of Christ at the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1025
True Color
157 Kb



No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 3. Presentation of Christ at the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

943*1100
True Color
123 Kb



No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

981*1100
True Color
127 Kb



No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*951
True Color
136 Kb



No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

939*1100
True Color
144 Kb



No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

951*1100
True Color
213 Kb



No. 21 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 5. Massacre of the Innocents (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*804
True Color
97 Kb



No. 21 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 5. Massacre of the Innocents (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

993*1100
True Color
137 Kb



No. 22 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 6. Christ among the Doctors (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1080
True Color
181 Kb



No. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

910*1100
True Color
129 Kb



No. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

949*1100
True Color
150 Kb



No. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

926*1100
True Color
133 Kb



No. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

953*1100
True Color
156 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

960*1100
True Color
154 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

921*1100
True Color
150 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

936*1100
True Color
156 Kb



No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

920*1100
True Color
152 Kb



No. 25 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

941*1100
True Color
148 Kb



No. 25 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1090*1100
True Color
150 Kb



No. 25 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1366*800
True Color
178 Kb



No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

981*1100
True Color
164 Kb



No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

961*1100
True Color
159 Kb



No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

953*1100
True Color
160 Kb



No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

936*1100
True Color
148 Kb



No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

986*1100
True Color
181 Kb



No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*1045
True Color
153 Kb



No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

936*1100
True Color
135 Kb



No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

962*1100
True Color
126 Kb



No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1081*1100
True Color
165 Kb



No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

950*1100
True Color
160 Kb



No. 29 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 13. Last Supper (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

965*1100
True Color
159 Kb



No. 29 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 13. Last Supper (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

937*1100
True Color
156 Kb



No. 30 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 14. Washing of Feet (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1024*1100
True Color
146 Kb



No. 30 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 14. Washing of Feet (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

923*1100
True Color
173 Kb



No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1100*972
True Color
159 Kb



No. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

958*1100
True Color
168 Kb



No. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

887*1100
True Color
133 Kb



No. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

874*1100
True Color
115 Kb



No. 33 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 17. Mocking of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

1089*1100
True Color
141 Kb



No. 33 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 17. Mocking of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

956*1100
True Color
167 Kb



No. 33 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 17. Mocking of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

935*1100
True Color
120 Kb



No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 18. Road to Calvary (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

940*1100
True Color
162 Kb



No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 18. Road to Calvary (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

956*1100
True Color
170 Kb



No. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

999*1100
True Color
152 Kb



No. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

941*1100
True Color
169 Kb



No. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

932*1100
True Color
153 Kb



No. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

944*1100
True Color
165 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

945*1100
True Color
138 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

931*1100
True Color
144 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

916*1100
True Color
124 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

997*1100
True Color
138 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

937*1100
True Color
143 Kb



No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

935*1100
True Color
141 Kb



No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 21. Resurrection (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

928*1100
True Color
144 Kb



No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 21. Resurrection (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

951*1100
True Color
134 Kb



No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 21. Resurrection (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

948*1100
True Color
150 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

954*1100
True Color
168 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

947*1100
True Color
182 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

942*1100
True Color
152 Kb



No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

949*1100
True Color
154 Kb



No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 23. Pentecost (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

911*1100
True Color
154 Kb



No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 23. Pentecost (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

992*1100
True Color
145 Kb



No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 23. Pentecost (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

942*1100
True Color
159 Kb




Summary of paintings by Giotto
Frescoes in San Francesco, Assisi
Upper Church: Legend of St Francis | New Testament scenes | Lower Church
Frescoes in Arena Chapel, Padua
Life of Joachim | Life of Virgin | Life of Christ | Angels | Heads
Last Judgment | Heads
Vault frescoes | Virtues and Vices | Decorative elements
Frescoes in Santa Croce, Florence
Frescoes in Peruzzi Chapel | Frescoes in Bardi Chapel
Panel paintings
Crucifix | Maestà and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral