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

Legend of St Francis: 20. Death and Ascension of St Francis

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

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

When Francis felt close to death, he had himself brought to a small church. He died there in the presence of his Brothers. The death of the saint and his ascending soul are here linked to the requiem mass to create a solemn representation peopled with many figures. This fresco is followed by a further eight pictures "peopled with many figures", which are often dated several years later than the other scenes.