Legend of St Francis
Frescoes by GIOTTO

St Bonaventure described the life of St Francis in a great theological work as an example to the faithful. He divided the saints journey through life into ninety-seven stations, from which twenty-eight scenes were selected for the pictorial narrative, these being further identified by inscriptions. The life story begins in the fourth bay of the north wall, that is, directly adjoining the crossing, with the Homage of a Simple Man, and ends with the Liberation of the Heretic Peter (not by Giotto), a miracle ascribed to St Francis after his death.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 33 minutes):
Michael Haydn: St Francis Mass


Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Legend of St Francis: Scenes Nos. 1-3
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1319*770
True Color
150 Kb



Legend of St Francis: Scenes Nos. 4-6
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1307*767
True Color
134 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 1. Homage of a Simple Man
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

999*1001
True Color
162 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 2. St Francis Giving his Mantle to a Poor Man
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

976*1001
True Color
169 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 3. Dream of the Palace
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

973*1001
True Color
160 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 3. Dream of the Palace (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

536*826
True Color
123 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 4. Miracle of the Crucifix
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

956*1001
True Color
157 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

890*1001
True Color
149 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

800*907
True Color
135 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 6. Dream of Innocent III
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

902*1001
True Color
149 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 6. Dream of Innocent III (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

548*836
True Color
84 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 6. Dream of Innocent III (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

800*1092
True Color
153 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 7. Confirmation of the Rule
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

884*1001
True Color
180 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 8. Vision of the Flaming Chariot
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

871*1001
True Color
136 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 9. Vision of the Thrones
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

870*1001
True Color
136 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 10. Exorcism of the Demons at Arezzo
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

864*1001
True Color
138 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 10. Exorcism of the Demons at Arezzo (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1007*1300
True Color
245 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 11. St Francis before the Sultan (Trial by Fire)
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

924*1001
True Color
158 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 12. Ecstasy of St Francis
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

874*1001
True Color
127 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 12. Ecstasy of St Francis (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

657*855
True Color
80 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 13. Institution of the Crib at Greccio
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

939*1001
True Color
165 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 13. Institution of the Crib at Greccio (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

629*818
True Color
95 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 14. Miracle of the Spring
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 200 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

850*1178
True Color
157 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 14. Miracle of the Spring (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

709*1148
True Color
126 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 15. Sermon to the Birds
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 200 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

850*1105
True Color
174 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 16. Death of the Knight of Celano
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

937*1001
True Color
138 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 17. St Francis Preaching before Honorius III
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

950*974
True Color
210 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 17. St Francis Preaching before Honorius III (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

738*832
True Color
195 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 18. Apparition at Arles
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

983*1001
True Color
161 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 18. Apparition at Arles (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

536*862
True Color
96 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 19. Stigmatization of St Francis
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

959*1001
True Color
138 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 20. Death and Ascension of St Francis
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

933*1001
True Color
138 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 21. Apparition to Fra Agostino and to Bishop Guido of Arezzo
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

868*1000
True Color
136 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

869*1001
True Color
139 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata (detail)
1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

737*1000
True Color
116 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata (detail)
1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

812*900
True Color
97 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata (detail)
1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

935*1200
True Color
210 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 23. St. Francis Mourned by St. Clare
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

915*1001
True Color
151 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 24. Canonization of St Francis
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

863*1001
True Color
138 Kb



Legend of St Francis: 25. Dream of St Gregory
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

875*1001
True Color
134 Kb



Description and location of the Legend of St Francis fresco cycle
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Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

640*445
True Color
36 Kb




Summary of paintings by Giotto
Frescoes in the San Francesco, Assisi
Legend of St. Francis | New Testament scenes | Lower Church
Frescoes in the Arena Chapel, Padua
Life of Joachim | Life of Virgin | Life of Christ | Last Judgment | Angels | Decoration
Frescoes in the S. Croce, Florence
Frescoes in the Peruzzi Chapel | Frescoes in the Bardi Chapel
Panel paintings
Crucifix | Maestŕ and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
The Navicella mosaic | The Campanile of the Florence Cathedral