Giotto di Bondone, Judas Receiving Payment for his Betrayal, late 13th–early 14th century. From the Life of Christ, Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Italy.
In Padua’s Scrovegni Chapel, Giotto attempted to tell the story of man’s salvation in a sequence of frescos illustrating 40 different biblical stories. The story is portrayed in sequence around the room, with all the frescos working together harmoniously. This fresco, Judas Receiving Payment, is situated opposite the fresco of The Visitation. Containing five figures each and similar architectural features, the images balance each other in color and form. In Judas Receiving Payment, the devil has a firm hand on Judas as he negotiates the cost of betrayal with the priests.