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

View of the vaults

1464-65
Fresco
Apsidal chapel, Sant'Agostino, San Gimignano

The vaulting shows the four Evangelists on concentrically painted clouds. The four Evangelists symbolize the kingdom of God, and they are depicted on the four fields of the groin vault in the process of reading or writing down their works: St Mark is shown with the lion, St Matthew with the angel, St Luke with the ox and St John with the eagle. The concentrically painted clouds create the impression of a circular vault.