GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua
The Virgin Mary and the Christ Child are depicted in the western heavens of the barrel vault, surrounded by four prophets. It seems as if the figures look down from the circular opening in the heavens. The scrolls of the prophets, which seem to unfurl down into real space, further heighten the impression.