Scenes from the Life of St Martin
by SIMONE MARTINI

St Martin, the Pannonian-born Roman knight of the fourth century, abandoned a successful military career in order to dedicate his life to religion. The fresco series of the chapel is faithful to the legends relating his life. The story of his investiture may have been particularly dear to Simone Martini, who was himself a knight.

Starting from the entrance of the chapel, from left to right and from top to bottom, the side walls and barrel-vaulted ceiling are frescoed with scenes from the life of St Martin: on the lower level, the Division of the Cloak, the Dream, St Martin is Knighted and Renounces his Weapons; on the middle level, the Miracle of the Resurrected Child, Meditation, the Miraculous Mass and the Miracle of Fire; on the top level we find the last two episodes, Death and Burial of the Saint.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Division of the Cloak (scene 1)
1320-25
Fresco, 265 x 230 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

872*1000
True Color
157 Kb



Dream of St Martin (scene 2)
1320-25
Fresco, 265 x 200 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

848*1163
True Color
182 Kb



Dream of St Martin (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 85 x 70 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

657*800
True Color
180 Kb



St Martin is Knighted (scene 3)
1320-25
Fresco, 265 x 200 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

850*1145
True Color
190 Kb



St Martin is Knighted (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 87 x 61 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

660*800
True Color
142 Kb



St Martin is Knighted (detail)
1320-25
Fresco
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

876*1010
True Color
159 Kb



St Martin is Knighted (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 100 x 82 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

780*1082
True Color
194 Kb



St Martin is Knighted (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 100 x 82 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1017*779
True Color
204 Kb



St Martin Renounces his Weapons (scene 4)
1320-25
Fresco, 265 x 230 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

860*1005
True Color
199 Kb



Saint Martin Renounces his Weapons (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 68 x 56 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

661*800
True Color
151 Kb



Saint Martin Renounces his Weapons (detail)
1320-25
Fresco
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

870*1019
True Color
165 Kb



Saint Martin Renounces his Weapons (detail)
1320-25
Fresco
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

800*1045
True Color
166 Kb



Miracle of the Resurrected Child (scene 5)
1320-25
Fresco, 296 x 230 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

870*1004
True Color
193 Kb



Miracle of the Resurrected Child (detail)
1320-25
Fresco
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

900*1027
True Color
186 Kb



Miracle of the Resurrected Child (detail)
1320-25
Fresco
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

837*849
True Color
146 Kb



Miracle of the Resurrected Child (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 34 x 34 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

690*712
True Color
146 Kb



Meditation (scene 6)
1320-25
Fresco, 390 x 200 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

700*1250
True Color
153 Kb



Meditation (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 390 x 200 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

782*1200
True Color
169 Kb



Miraculous Mass (scene 7)
1320-25
Fresco, 390 x 200 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

700*1204
True Color
156 Kb



Miraculous Mass (detail)
1320-25
Fresco
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

814*1088
True Color
164 Kb



Miraculous Mass (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 68 x 56 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

525*650
True Color
112 Kb



Miracle of Fire (scene 8)
1320-25
Fresco, 296 x 230 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

880*1004
True Color
159 Kb



Death of St Martin (scene 9)
1320-25
Fresco, 284 x 230 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

900*951
True Color
193 Kb



Death of St Martin (detail)
1320-25
Fresco
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

758*1200
True Color
185 Kb



Burial of St Martin (scene 10)
1320-25
Fresco, 284 x 230 cm
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

915*1000
True Color
204 Kb



Burial of St Martin (detail)
1320-25
Fresco, 140 x 78 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

820*1071
True Color
166 Kb



Window
c. 1312
Stained glass
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

800*1391
True Color
186 Kb




Summary of paintings by Simone Martini
Early works | The Maestŕ | Frescoes in the Lower Church, Assisi
Guidoriccio da Fogliano | The Annunciations | Last works
Altarpieces
Altar of St Louis of Toulouse | Cambridge Altarpiece | Pisa Polyptych
Orvieto Polyptych | Agostino Novello Altarpiece | Orsini Polyptych