Scrovegni Chapel

plus ça change…

 

The unbearable agony of a mother about to have her baby torn from her arms in this detail from the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. The image has haunted me ever since I saw it on our visit to the chapel nearly twenty years ago. It was painted by Giotto di Bondone and is as relevant today as when he painted it over seven hundred years ago.
 

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” -Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, 1849