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

Scenes from the Life of St Martin

Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

The picture shows the east wall of the chapel. The scenes are: Miracle of the Resurrected Child (scene 5, above left), Meditation (scene 6, above right), Division of the Cloak (scene 1, below left), and Dream of St Martin (scene 2, below right).

The pictorial program of the chapel interior includes ten scenes from the life of St martin, essentially based on the Golden Legend. All of the scenes are dominated by a calm, restrained, almost gentle narrative tone. There is no lack of genrelike elements, , far more powerful than these, however, are echoes of a courtly milieu, which are expressed openly in the penchant for chivalric motifs. The faces are usually very realistic, displaying a broad spectrum of physiognomic characterization and lively expression. The colour was once more richly nuanced, but much of it has been lost as a result of the extensive use of secco painting.

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