The Death of St. Martin
Cappella di San
Lower Church of San Francesco, Assisi
of the Death
and Funeral on the upper level are the last scenes of the cycle.
by light, colour and spatial depth, both these scenes have the same
with a crowd of acolytes and followers witnessing the events. The same
characters, with the same features but depicted in different poses and
with different gestures appear in both scenes: the priest celebrating
ritual of the deceased in the scene of Martin's Death appears in the
of the Funeral between the two figures with haloes; the tonsured
dressed in green and red who in the Death is gazing meditatively
in the Funeral is shown holding the celebrant's dalmatic.
is the way the architectural style of the scenes follows the mood of
events: while the building in the scene of the Death of St Martin is a
severe geometrical structure with bare walls, the Funeral takes place
a Gothic chapel with graceful and delicate decorations."
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Photo: Web Gallery of Art