Christ before Caiaphas

Giotto, Christ before Caiaphas, 1304-1306, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy.

Giotto was commissioned by the Scrovegni family to fresco their new chapel in Padua. The fresco cycle is organized along four rows, each of which contains episodes from the stories of the life of Mary, her parents and her son. When he accepted the commission, Giotto was in his late thirties. He would have had a team of about 40 collaborators for the fresco process which took almost two years. The choice of the scenes would have been made by the client and his advisers. This scene of Jesus brought before the high priest Caliphas came from Matthew’s gospel account where the priest Caiaphas tears his clothes.

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A gospel is an account that describes the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

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