GOZZOLI, Benozzo
(b. ca. 1420, Firenze, d. 1497, Pistoia)

St Augustine Leaving his Mother (scene 3, east wall)

1464-65
Fresco, 220 x 230 cm
Apsidal chapel, Sant'Agostino, San Gimignano

The fresco on the east wall behind the altar was severely damaged and was restored in the 18th century. It depicts St Augustine leaving his Mother. The figure of St Monica, absorbed in prayer, on the left side of the picture is an almost exact quotation of the motif of St Augustine in the previous fresco. St Augustine's mother appears twice in the fresco: on the left she is kneeling in a church interior which is furnished with a Gothic tracery window and a Gothic polyptych; on the right she is sadly supporting her head and blessing her son with her raised hand.