(b. ca. 1240, Firenze, d. ca. 1302, Firenze)

South transept (detail)

Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

On the west wall of the south transept Cimabue created a system of illusionary architecture by the insertion of a perspectival console cornice between the lower and upper sections of the wall and placed loggie that provide space for half-length figures of angels. Cimabue distanced himself entirely from all the Gothic elements of the architecture. He preferred classicising ornamental forms like fluted pilasters, capitals, and cornices with acanthus decoration to the gablets, crockets, finials, and quatrefoils.