The chapel of San Nicola was built at the end of the thirteenth century at the end of the south transept of the Lower Basilica. It was financed by Cardinal Napoleone Orsini, who intends giving a proper burial here to his brother Gian Gaetano who died in 1294, while he has a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist built for himself on the opposite side. The restoration completed in 2010 allowed recognising the hand of Giotto, called by Napoleon Orsini around the year 1300, throughout a large part of the cycle. There is a frescoed faux triptych where the Madonna and Child together with Saints Nicholas from Bari and Francis are inserted into the openings of a fake window in the top chapel. A blessing Christ with saints Francis and Nicholas recommending the principals is depicted on the entrance wall. The other frescoes cover the life of St. Nicholas, highlighting his role as a fighter against paganism, as protector of sailors and as defender of the children and the defenceless.
Other Works in Assisi and Umbria
Fresco Cycle of the Chapel of the Magdalene
Giotto and assistants
- 1309 ca. Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi
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