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

Scenes from the Life of St Francis: 1. Stigmatisation of St Francis

1325-28
Fresco, 390 x 370 cm
Bardi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence

This scene appears above the entrance to the chapel.

Being marked with the stigmata is the high point in the saint's life. They mark him out for all to see as one of Christ's successors. The seraphim from whom Francis receives the stigmata here appears — unlike at Assisi or in the panel in the Musée du Louvre — as the crucified Christ. Fine golden rays emanating from Christ's wounds lead to St. Francis. In this representation the saint almost appears startled. He is in this way turned both towards the faithful and towards Christ.




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