According to the Gospel of Matthew, after learning that Jesus was to be crucified, Judas Iscariot was overcome with remorse. So he attempted to return to the chief priests the thirty pieces of silver that had been paid to him for the betrayal, then he committed suicide by hanging himself. The Book of Acts states instead that Judas used the money to buy a field and «falling headlong he burst open in the middle, and all his bowels gushed out». Was the peculiar representation of Judas in Hell painted by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua just an attempt to solve the discrepancy between the two different accounts of the disciple's death?
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