GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)

No. 52 The Seven Vices: Inconstancy

Fresco, 120 x 55 cm
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

With her rolling disc, Inconstancy {Inconstantia) is situated on a sloping surface. Giotto gives a clear impression of unsteadiness through this device alone. Through the gesture of trying to regain balance, the leaning posture, and the robe that flies up, he characterizes yet more strongly a permanent sense of movement, a constant swaying backwards and forwards.

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