Entry Into Jerusalem

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Giotto, Entry Into Jerusalem, 1304
"And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee." Matthew 21: 8-11

The story of Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem displays a wonderful and joyous moment for the followers of Christ. Giotto's illustration of this moment helps to illuminate the people's infatuation with him through their celebrating of him and his twelve disciples -- all equipped with gold halos that, like the background and clothing, have withered with age -- Giotto does a beautiful job of directing the eye at Jesus by the way the people are arranged and through spreading "their garments in the way," as the scripture stated. The clothing also shows his incredible talent in the use of shadows, especially on the right side as the people give their gifts to Jesus.

The glory of this moment can also be captured by the humbling facial expressions Giotto has displayed. In the beautifully detailed background, a stand of trees, accompanied by the magnificent Giotto blue sky, holds what look to be somber children awestruck in worship for Jesus, as if they have long awaited his presence. These faces contrast that of Jesus, who appears all-knowing as he raises his hand, ready to teach. This incredible Giotto fresco depicts the splendor of Christ's entrance into Jerusalem. 

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