Giotto (attrib.), Noli Me Tangere

13th century
Lower Basilica, Basilica of San Francesco
Assisi, Italy

Some scholars question the attribution to Giotto, which relies on the fresco's close similarity to his Noli Me Tangere in the Arena Chapel. The two are among the less common Noli me tangere images that include the two angels sitting inside the tomb. John 20:11-12: "But Mary stood at the sepulchre without, weeping. Now as she was weeping, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre and she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid."

The "garden" setting is signified by the flowering bushes around Mary Magdalene. Jesus holds a mattock in his left hand, a sign that he is the "gardener" who has planted the seeds of virtue in the woman.

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