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

Scenes from the Life of St Francis: 2. Renunciation of Wordly Goods

Fresco, 280 x 450 cm
Bardi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence

This scene is situated in the lunette of the wall left to the entrance of the chapel.

The clearly articulated palace building is set obliquely within the field of the lunette. This creates great tension, appropriate to the confrontation between St. Francis and his infuriated father. Giotto also uses the reactions of the individual figures to demonstrate the outrageousness of the saints public decision to renounce all his worldly goods.