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b. 1267, Vespignano, d. 1337, Firenze

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Legend of St Francis: 16. Death of the Knight of Celano

Fresco, 270 x 230 cm
Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi
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This is the sixteenth of the twenty-eight scenes (twenty-five of which were painted by Giotto) of Legend of Saint Francis.

The four scenes in the first bay of the left wall deal with the last events in the saint’s life, and are among the most fascinating in the cycle.

It is worthy to point out the table in the Death of the Knight of Celano, which is covered with a lovely embroidered table-cloth, and laid with food, crockery and cutlery.

Outstanding as a painter, sculptor, and architect, Giotto was recognised as the first genius of art in the Italian Renaissance. Giotto lived and worked at a time when people’s minds and talents were first being freed from the shackles of medieval restraint. He dealt largely in the traditional religious subjects, but he gave these subjects an earthly, full-blooded life and force.

The artist’s full name was Giotto di Bondone. He was born about 1266 in the village of Vespignano, near Florence. His father was a small landed farmer. Giorgio Vasari, one of Giotto’s first biographers, tells how Cimabue, a well-known Florentine painter, discovered Giotto’s talents. Cimabue supposedly saw the 12-year-old boy sketching one of his father’s sheep on a flat rock and was so impressed with his ability that he persuaded the father to let Giotto become his pupil. Another story is that Giotto, while apprenticed to a wool merchant in Florence, frequented Cimabue’s studio so much that he was finally allowed to study painting.

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