Last Judgment
Fresco by GIOTTO

The chapel is entered from the west, the side on which the sun goes down. In accordance with an old tradition, the entrance wall of the chapel is filled by the depiction of the Last Judgment. This scene is as complex and crowded as the frescoes on the side walls are concentrated and reduced to essentials. This large painting occupies the entire west wall across several registers. The three-light windows of the façade also had to be incorporated into the composition.

This extensive depiction of the Last Judgment is dominated by the large Christ in Majesty at its centre. The twelve apostles sit to His left and to His right. Here the two levels divide: the heavenly host appears above, people plunge into the maw of hell below, or are led by angels towards heaven.

The way this large fresco is divided into registers is traditional. But if we look at Giotto's invention in detail, then his novel attempts at visualizing different spheres, as well as abstract beliefs, become particularly apparent. In the center of the representation, Christ is enthroned as supreme Judge in a rainbow-colored mandorla. The deep, radiant gold background, the style of painting, and the delicate substance give the impression that the heavens have opened in order to reveal the powerful, extremely solidly modelled figure of Christ. Different levels are likewise alluded to when the choirs of angels disappear behind the real window, or when the celestial watch in the upper area of the picture rolls back the firmament, behind which the golden-red doors of the heavenly Jerusalem shine forth. The black and red maw of hell, which seems to anticipate Dante's "Inferno", is different again in its impact.



Preview Picture Data Info
Last Judgment
1306
Fresco, 1000 x 840 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment
1306
Fresco, 1000 x 840 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


Last Judgment (detail)
1306
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 | Maestà and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral



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