4th October: 'St Francis of Assisi'
This painting is one of 28 frescoes (attributed to Giotto) on the walls of the Upper Church of San Francesco in Assisi, which were painted in the 13th Century. The composition is divided into two halves (the family, wealth and secular on the left and the church and poverty on the right). In this scene Francis renounces his worldly goods: raising his hand in the direction of the hand of God, seen above the buildings on the left. Directly below the hand is the figure of Francis' father, dressed in fine clothes, seemingly in a state of dispair at his son's decision. On Friday 4th October Pope Francis is visiting Assisi. See: http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm