The Biblical Narrative Of The Bible

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The biblical narrative derived for this composition origins from the gospel writings according to St. Luke in “The Holy Bible.” Within his writings, Luke recounts the Passover, Christ’s warning of the betrayal, and the night of the betrayal. On the night of the betrayal, he recounts Christ waking the sleeping disciples, Judas amongst them, explaining him rising to bestow a kiss onto Christ. St. Luke states: “And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus to kiss him” (Luke 21:47). Giotto’s fresco directly becomes influenced from this scene, and becomes the point of action he creates within his biblical narrative fresco. His composition marks the beginning of the chaos that clouds Christ’s arrest; illustrating the powerful confrontation Christ and Judas are compelled into. While Christ is depicted unwavering in his pose and expression, Judas is rendered in a furious facial expression and stance. His face is inflated more so than Christ’s, illustrating the swelling of corruption beneath his physical features. He appears almost to gaze hatefully towards Christ, as his eyebrows become fused tightly together and appear to create a tension within his form. He pose is similar to an animalistic stance; he has one hand on Christ’s shoulder to draw him in nearer, while enclosing his long yellow cloak around his figure to envelop him within this grasp. By Judas’ expression and stance, Giotto depicts
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