St. Francis Preaching to the Birds

St. Francis Preaching to the Birds

Date begun 1290 (?)

Movement Proto-Renaissance

Medium Fresco

Located at Basilica of San Francesco

 

One of St. Francis’ most fundamental beliefs held that the divine was expressed through nature, and that all living things are connected—here, he preaches to birds. St. Francis and his companion are set in a simple landscape atop a narrow shelf of earth; their garments are treated naturally with shadows and highlights.