MASTER of the Isaac Stories
Italian painter (active 1290s)

The contribution of the Isaac Master (the young Giotto according to some scholars) to the clerestory frescoes of the upper church was not limited to the two scenes with Isaac from which the painter's name derives. He and his workshop were evidently assigned the decoration of the clerestory and vault zone in the first bay and on the entrance wall. Regrettably, most of the paintings attributed to the Isaac Master and his workshop have been destroyed. The only work that substantially survives is the vault with the church fathers, which until 1997 was fully intact, but it was damaged heavily by the earthquake of September 1997 that caused the east vault cell to collapse.

Reproductions of the frescoes in the Upper Church are listed in the Web Gallery of Art in sections of Cimabue, Giotto, Jacopo Torriti, Master of Saint Cecilia, Master of the Isaac Stories, and Unknown Italian Masters.

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Vault with the Church Fathers
c. 1295
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Vault with the Church Fathers
c. 1295
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Vault with the Church Fathers
c. 1295
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


The Doctors of the Church (detail of St Jerome)
1290-95
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


The Doctors of the Church (detail)
1290-95
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Scenes from the Old Testament: Isaac Blessing Jacob
1290s
Fresco, 300 x 300 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Scenes from the Old Testament: Isaac Blessing Jacob (detail)
1290s
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Scenes from the Old Testament: Isaac Rejecting Esau
1290s
Fresco, 300 x 300 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Scenes from the Old Testament: Isaac Rejecting Esau (detail)
1290s
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Scenes from the Old Testament: Isaac Rejecting Esau (detail)
1290s
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi


Scenes from the Old Testament: Isaac Rejecting Esau (detail)
1290s
Fresco
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi





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