The Betrayal of Christ Depicted in the Italian Paintings by Duccio and Giotto

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The development of Italian painting in the years around the 1300 or the proto-renaissance is in some sense the rebirth of art and culture. The painters of Renaissance Italy usually attached to particular courts and with loyalties to certain cities, still explored the extensive span of Italy. Many of the Italian painters grew artistically during this time, which is noticeable in Duccio’s painting compared to Giotto’s. In the renaissance period it was highly popularized to mainly draw depictions of religious figures, which is what the concentration of Duccio’s artwork mainly was. Before the painting of the Betrayal of Christ, Duccio’s paintings were highly composed and reliant upon the ancient tradition of icon painting. In the time around …show more content…
The crowd painted around Jesus by both artists is a mass mob of soldiers, priests, and other individuals which creates an unbalanced scene and gives and overall nonsymmetrical feeling. Because many artists had loyalties to certain patrons and cities it often dictated the outcome of the painting or the style the artist had. In Duccio’s and Giotto’s paintings it is easily noticeable the differences in style. Duccio was known before this particular art piece to do artwork which was in the essence of icon painting. Duccio clearly took steps toward a more naturalistic look; although his subjects are painted as though they are floating above the ground. Compared to Duccio, Giotto’s figures clearly stand directly on the ground, and appear to be more three-dimensional, which is more the case in works developing in years around 1300. A highly emphasized dimension of the paintings in both Duccio’s and Giotto’s artwork is the hierarchy of the subjects. Jesus is centered in the middle of the painting caressed by Judas whom is shown kissing Jesus; this is the act which man betrays the son of God. Duccio and Giotto continue on by placing the high priest, followed by the mass of soldiers who appear as a furious mob. In the midst of the entire entanglement, one of Jesus’ disciples smites off an ear of the high priest’s servant,

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