Giotto ca. 1267 – 1337

Judas Betrays Christ

tempera on panel (150 × 140 cm) — 1304-06 Museum Cappella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

Giotto biography

This work is linked to Mark 14:10

Also known as The Pact of Judas. In return for thirty pieces of silver, Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus to the priests. Luke 22:3 mentions that Satan entered Judas. The priests to the right seem very pleased with the new situation. The priest in red may be Caiaphas, the highest priest in Jerusalem.

Judas wears a yellow robe. In Giotto's days yellow was the colour of jealousy, and Judas was jealous of the other apostles.

Giotto made this fresco for the Scrovegni chapel in Padua.

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