The Kiss of Judas by Giotto

On the evening before the crucifixion of Jesus, Good Friday, Jesus celebrated The Last Supper with his Apostles sealing a covenant with God and his fate.  As Jesus had predicted during the meal, Judas betrayed Jesus’ location and then his identity to the Roman soldiers with a kiss.

The image below is part of a fresco cycle by Giotto.  The entire work was completed about 1305 and considered to be an important masterpiece of Western art. Giotto’s fresco cycle focuses on the life of the Virgin Mary and celebrates her role in human salvation. wiki

Giotto

Giotto has been credited with ushering in The Renaissance.  He introduced a revolutionary artistic style that created a sense of realism seen here with the folding cloth that envelopes bodies, light and shadow, and perspective – depth with elements diminishing in size and detail as they recede back into space.  This style represented a dramatic departure from the visually flat, decorative, and iconographic images of the Middle Ages.

“Judas greets Jesus with a kiss, identifying him for the Romans who have come to arrest him. The look on Jesus’ face speaks volumes – he knows what is happening. The Judas’ kiss became the most poignant symbol of betrayal in the Christian world.”  art bible.info Giotto

Cappella degli Scrovegni

The church was dedicated to Santa Maria della Carità at the Feast of the Annunciation, 1303, and consecrated in 1305. Giotto’s fresco cycle focuses on the life of the Virgin Mary and celebrates her role in human salvation. – wiki

Photographs taken of the Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padua Italy.

Interior of the Capella degli Scrovegni, by Massimo Catarinella

 

Capella degli Scrovegni, by Massimo Catarinella

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