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

View of the Peruzzi and Bardi Chapels (from left)

Santa Croce, Florence

The two chapels, which Giotto decorated for the two Florentine banking dynasties, lies next to one another in the Franciscan church. On the left, we can see into the Bardi Chapel and can make out the vault with its representations of the Franciscan virtues; to the right, in the Peruzzi chapel we can see the scenes from the life of St John the Evangelist. It is clear that Giotto composed these latter paintings in relation to the view from outside the chapel.