GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)
Franciscan Allegories: Allegory of Povertyc. 1320
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi
Poverty is a winged gaunt woman dressed only in rags, at whom children throw stones or brandish sticks. Christ himself marries this woman to St Francis. Numerous angels, as well as the personifications of Hope and Chastity, are present as witnesses. As offerings, two angels carry worldly goods heavenwards. The reactions of the world are depicted at either side: on the left a young man imitates Francis, and on the right the rich express ridicule.