ANDREA DA FIRENZE
(active 1343-1377, Firenze)
The Church as the Path to Salvation (detail)1366-67
Cappellone degli Spagnoli, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
In the upper right part of the fresco, the sacrament of penance is depicted via a monk who is granting absolution to a man kneeling before him. Beside this scene, allegorical figures can be seen. The most plausible explanation for these figures seated before a green hedge is that they represent the vain worldly pleasures and fancies.