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Master of the Legend of St Francis


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A name for the main painter of the famous cycle of frescos on the nave walls of the Upper Church of S. Francesco in Assisi, depicting the life of St Francis and probably dating from about 1300, although some authorities put them as late as the 1330s. This cycle was praised by Vasari as one of the principal works of Giotto and figures as such in much art-historical literature, but many scholars now challenge the attribution, feeling that Giotto's undoubted works in the Arena Chapel at Padua differ so thoroughly from those of Assisi in both sentiment and formal organization that it is hard to imagine that he should have painted both. There are 28 scenes in the cycle; the first one and the last three differ in style from the rest and have been attributed to the Master of St Cecilia.

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