Exibition of Giotto’s frescoes in St. Savior Monastery, Jerusalem


The Legend of St. Francis

Exhibition Giotto’s frescoes in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi


The “Legend of St. Francis” is a cycle of frescoes painted by Giotto di Bondone between 1290 and 1295. It represents the scenes from the Legenda Maior (1263), the work of St. Bonaventure, which constituted the official biography of St. Francis.

The cycle consists of 28 large rectangular wall paintings that occupy the lower part of the walls of the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, a direct thematic reminder of the Old and New Testament Stories of the two upper levels. The life of St. Francis is thus a sort of Imitatio Christi (Imitation of Christ).

This is the work where Giotto’s artistic genius unfolds, lit and fuelled by the charisma of Francis of Assisi. The crediting of the work to Giotto is still debated, but scholars, after decades of studies, are now ready to confirm it by the unmistakable way of organizing the scenes, the mastery of the intuitive perspective in the backgrounds, the realism, and the eloquence of gestures and physiognomies.


Dates: MAY – OCTOBER 2017

St. Saviour Monastery, Jerusalem
1, St. Francis Street

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm – Saturday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm