Homage of a Simple Man.
Fresco. St. Francis, Upper Church, Assisi, Italy.1295-1300.
Name: Homage of a Simple Man.
Fresco. St. Francis, Upper Church, Assisi, Italy.1295-1300. Artist: Giotto Location: St. Francis, Upper Church, Assisi, Italy. Year: 1300
In this fresco, a villager crouches before the saint, spreading a pearly cloth under his feet. St. Francis steps onto it smiling at the man, extending his hand in blessing - a blessing that looks like a friendly invitation to rise, and take his hand. Behind them, a painted portico with a brick floor appears solid enough to be lifted and moved. The poet Dante was Giotto's friend and came to visit the artist while he was executing the frescoes at Padua. Giotto, happily married, was surrounded by his children, who were apparently getting underfoot. Dante asked the artist how he could produce art of such great beauty and children who were so homely. 'I make my pictures by day,' Giotto replied, 'and my babies by night.'