Scenes from the Life of Christ
Frescoes by GIOTTO

The scenes in which Christ is the protagonist are divided into two sequences that narrate the events of his life and Passion. In order to underline their paradigmatic and universal value, the scenes have been placed on two facing registers that run in parallel fashion along the walls and are superimposed in such a way as to establish specific correspondences between them.

Five scenes on the right wall represent the Nativity (no. 1), the Adoration of the Magi (No. 2), the Presentation in the Temple (No. 3), the Flight into Egypt (No. 4), and the Massacre of the Innocents (No. 5). The next six scenes on the left wall - Christ among the Doctors (No. 6), the Baptism of Christ No. 7), the Marriage at Cana (No. 8), the Raising of Lazarus (No. 9), the Entry into Jerusalem No. 10), and the Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple (No. 11) - have the most solemn narrative tone of all the frescoes.

After the scene of Judas's Betrayal on the triumphal arch wall (No. 12), the story continues on the tier below, on the window-side (right side) of the chapel. Here we have a symmetrical arrangement (an outdoor scene flanked by two indoor scenes) of scenes from the Passion of Christ - the Last Supper (No. 13), the Washing of Feet (No. 14), the Arrest of Christ (No. 15), Christ before Caiaphas (No. 16), and the Mocking of Christ (No. 17).

In the lower tier on the left wall are the Road to Calvary (No. 18), the Crucifixion (No. 19), the Lamentation (No. 20), the Resurrection (No. 21, represented by the Noli me tangere scene instead of the three Marys at the tomb), the Ascension (No. 22), and the Pentecost (No. 23).

In the construction of the scenes are particularly important the architecture and the expert use of perspective, which are always strictly functional for a clear layout of the story.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 8 minutes):
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 (excerpts)

Preview Picture Data Info
No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


No. 18 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 2. Adoration of the Magi
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


No. 19 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 3. Presentation of Christ at the Temple
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


No. 20 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


No. 21 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 5. Massacre of the Innocents
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


No. 22 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 6. Christ among the Doctors
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 24 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 8. Marriage at Cana
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


No. 25 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 9. Raising of Lazarus
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


No. 26 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


No. 27 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 11. Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal
1304-06
Fresco, 150 x 140 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 29 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 13. Last Supper
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 30 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 14. Washing of Feet
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


No. 31 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 15. The Arrest of Christ (Kiss of Judas)
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


No. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 33 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 17. Mocking of Christ
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


No. 34 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 18. Road to Calvary
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 36 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 20. Lamentation (The Mourning of Christ)
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


No. 37 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 21. Resurrection (Noli me tangere)
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


No. 38 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 22. Ascension
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 23. Pentecost
1304-06
Fresco, 200 x 185 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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



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 | Maestŕ and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral



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