Frescoes on the ceiling of the north transept of the Lower Church
by GIOTTO

A new decoration of the lower church in Assisi was undertaken connected to the first centenary of the death of St Francis. Franciscan authors attribute the fresco cycle on the ceiling of the north transept to Giotto. However, this attribution is not accepted by the majority of critics, they are thought to have been executed by collaborators and followers.

The fresco cycle on one side consists of large scenes from the life of the Virgin and the childhood of Christ separated by decorative bands with busts of prophets, while the other side represents scenes from the Passion of Christ. The west wall is occupied by scenes representing the Miracle of St Francis in Sessa (in two parts) and the Annunciation.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
View of the north transept (1)
1315-20
Fresco
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

810*1101
True Color
183 Kb



View of the north transept (2)
1315-20
Fresco
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

810*1113
True Color
193 Kb



Vault of the north transept (3)
1315-20
Fresco
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

868*1176
True Color
181 Kb



Vault of the north transept (3)
1315-20
Fresco
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1000*1174
True Color
237 Kb



The Visitation
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*822
True Color
122 Kb



Nativity
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*823
True Color
147 Kb



The Adoration of the Magi
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*813
True Color
134 Kb



Presentation of Christ in the Temple
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*819
True Color
149 Kb



The Massacre of the Innocents
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*827
True Color
140 Kb



The Flight into Egypt
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*820
True Color
127 Kb



Return of Christ to Jerusalem
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*825
True Color
151 Kb



Christ Among the Doctors
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*822
True Color
164 Kb



Crucifixion
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1030*850
True Color
138 Kb



The Death of the Boy in Sessa
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1093*800
True Color
133 Kb



Raising of the Boy in Sessa
1315-20
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1109*800
True Color
158 Kb



St Francis Points to Death
c. 1320
Fresco
North transept, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

1000*1346
True Color
163 Kb




Summary of paintings by Giotto
Frescoes in San Francesco, Assisi
Upper Church: Legend of St Francis | New Testament scenes | Lower Church
Frescoes in Arena Chapel, Padua
Life of Joachim | Life of Virgin | Life of Christ | Angels | Heads
Last Judgment | Heads
Vault frescoes | Virtues and Vices | Decorative elements
Frescoes in Santa Croce, Florence
Frescoes in Peruzzi Chapel | Frescoes in Bardi Chapel
Panel paintings
Crucifix | Maestà and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral