Giotto ca. 1267 – 1337

Pentecost (London)

tempera on panel (45 × 44 cm) — c. 1310-1318 Museum The National Gallery, London

Giotto biography

This work is linked to Acts 2:2

After Jesus' death the twelve apostles have gathered. Here the Holy Spirit descends on them, in the shape of a white pigeon. The twelve are now able to speak in all languages, symbolised by the tongues on their heads. They can now spread the message to all nations.

In the foreground men from various countries are amazed when they hear the apostles speak in their languages.

Tags: Pentecost

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