GIOTTO di Bondone
(b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze)

Legend of St Francis: 7. Confirmation of the Rule

Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi

This is the seventh of the twenty-eight scenes (twenty-five of which were painted by Giotto) of the Legend of Saint Francis.

Following his vision, Pope Innocent III confirms the rule of the new Franciscan community. In a magnificent interior, constructed in perspective, the pope blesses the founder of the order and his rule. Francis' companions and the Church dignitaries follow the action with expressions of concentration. It is not least through this device that Giotto makes plain the consequences of what is taking place.