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Second Thoughts: Redating the Frescoes by the Maestro di San Francesco at Assisi

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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The mid-thirteenth-century murals in the Lower Church of San Francesco at Assisi mark a key moment in the construction of the narrative of the life of St Francis. But when, precisely, was that moment? Joanna Cannon revisits her often-quoted article of 1982, 'Dating the Frescoes of the Maestro di San Francesco at Assisi', to argue against some of her earlier conclusions, and to explore the implications of this change of mind. Were the Franciscans always the artistic innovators in thirteenth-century Italy, or did the Dominicans sometimes lead the way?

Part of our Murray Seminar Series hosted by Birkbeck's Department of History of Art.