(b. 1280/85, Siena, d. 1344, Avignon)

St Martin is Knighted (detail)

Fresco, 100 x 82 cm (size of detail)
Cappella di San Martino, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

The peculiar hat worn by the piper has been convincingly identified as Hungarian - evidence that Simone may indeed joined Cardinal Montefiore's retinue to Buda. The whole group of musicians, and especially the singing trio so wittily compressed into the right edge, marvelously combines observation and invention.