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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


No. 16 Scenes from the Life of the Virgin: 7. Visitation (detail)
1306
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. 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 (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 (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. 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 (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. 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 (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 (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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. 23 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 7. Baptism of Christ (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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. 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 (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. 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 (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. 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


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


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


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


No. 28 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 12. Judas' Betrayal (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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. 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 (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 (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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. 32 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 16. Christ before Caiaphas (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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 (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. 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 (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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 (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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. 35 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 19. Crucifixion (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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 (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. 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. 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 (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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. 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 (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. 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 (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua


No. 39 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 23. Pentecost (detail)
1304-06
Fresco
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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