Legend of St Francis
Frescoes by GIOTTO

St Bonaventure described the life of St Francis in a great theological work as an example to the faithful. He divided the saints journey through life into ninety-seven stations, from which twenty-eight scenes were selected for the pictorial narrative, these being further identified by inscriptions. The life story begins in the fourth bay of the north wall, that is, directly adjoining the crossing, with the Homage of a Simple Man, and ends with the Liberation of the Heretic Peter (not by Giotto), a miracle ascribed to St Francis after his death.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 33 minutes):
Michael Haydn: St Francis Mass

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Legend of St Francis: Scenes Nos. 1-3
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: Scenes Nos. 4-6
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 1. Homage of a Simple Man
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 2. St Francis Giving his Mantle to a Poor Man
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 3. Dream of the Palace
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 3. Dream of the Palace (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 4. Miracle of the Crucifix
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 5. Renunciation of Wordly Goods (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 6. Dream of Innocent III
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 6. Dream of Innocent III (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 6. Dream of Innocent III (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 7. Confirmation of the Rule
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 8. Vision of the Flaming Chariot
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 9. Vision of the Thrones
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 10. Exorcism of the Demons at Arezzo
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 10. Exorcism of the Demons at Arezzo (detail)
1297-99
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 11. St Francis before the Sultan (Trial by Fire)
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 12. Ecstasy of St Francis
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 12. Ecstasy of St Francis (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 13. Institution of the Crib at Greccio
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 13. Institution of the Crib at Greccio (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 14. Miracle of the Spring
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 200 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 14. Miracle of the Spring (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 15. Sermon to the Birds
1297-99
Fresco, 270 x 200 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 16. Death of the Knight of Celano
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 17. St Francis Preaching before Honorius III
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 17. St Francis Preaching before Honorius III (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 18. Apparition at Arles
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 18. Apparition at Arles (detail)
1297-1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 19. Stigmatization of St Francis
1297-1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 20. Death and Ascension of St Francis
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 21. Apparition to Fra Agostino and to Bishop Guido of Arezzo
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata (detail)
1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata (detail)
1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 22. Verification of the Stigmata (detail)
1300
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 23. St. Francis Mourned by St. Clare
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 24. Canonization of St Francis
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Legend of St Francis: 25. Dream of St Gregory
1300
Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Description and location of the Legend of St Francis fresco cycle
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Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi



Summary of paintings by Giotto
Frescoes in San Francesco, Assisi
Upper Church: Legend of St Francis | New Testament scenes | Lower Church
Frescoes in Arena Chapel, Padua
Life of Joachim | Life of Virgin | Life of Christ | Angels | Heads
Last Judgment | Heads
Vault frescoes | Virtues and Vices | Decorative elements
Frescoes in Santa Croce, Florence
Frescoes in Peruzzi Chapel | Frescoes in Bardi Chapel
Panel paintings
Crucifix | Maestà and others | Polyptych panels | Stefaneschi Altarpiece | Baroncelli Polyptych
Miscellaneous works
Navicella mosaic | Campanile of the Florence Cathedral



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