The Arrest of Christ

Giotto di Bondone, The Arrest of Christ (Kiss of Judas), 1304–1306. Fresco,  Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy.

Giotto di Bondone (circa 1267−1337) was an Italian painter known simply as Giotto. Giotto shifted the direction of art by moving away from the static medieval style of painting toward the more kinetic compositions of the early Italian Renaissance. Giotto’s crowning achievement is a series of fresco murals painted for the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua depicting the lives of Christ and Mary, his mother (The Life of Christ and The Life of the Virgin). Seen here is Giotto’s interpretation of Judas’s kiss. After the Last Supper, in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas identifies Jesus for the Roman soldiers by kissing him. In the center of the composition we see Judas, in yellow robes, as he envelops Jesus with an intimate embrace. The two men lock eyes as angry soldiers carrying weapons lie in wait.

Giotto di Bondone, The Arrest of Christ (Kiss of Judas), 1304–1306. Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy.

Of or relating to the Middle Ages, generally from the fifth century to the fifteenth century C.E. and overlapping somewhat with late antiquity.

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