Described are the general composition principles of frescos by Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) at the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, and the novelty of narrative techniques applied therein. The 'Kiss of Judas' is analysed and compared against the Gospel-based 'give-up' scene as well as the categories of 'faithfulness' and 'trustfulness' as interpreted in the early Christianity. Another topic is the anthropological dimension of the sacrifice of Christ. The essay's conclusive section characterises the Florentine Renaissance as one of the 'axial ages' (quoting Karl Jaspers' notion) in the history of mankind.
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