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

Scenes from the Life of St Francis: 5. Confirmation of the Rule

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

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

In this representation the simple architecture is placed parallel to the picture plane of the lunette. This creates a strong and clearly articulated composition. Francis kneels with his companions before Pope Honorius III, who approves the first rule. We notice the careful arrangement of the friars behind St Francis.