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Allegory of Obedience Fresco by Giotto in Lower Church

Allegory of Obedience fresco by Giotto (c.1330) in the Lower Church. In a chapter house, Obedience rules between the dual-faced Prudence (Prudentia) and the quiet Humility (Humilitas). Obedience commands silence and places the yoke upon the monk who kneels before her. Francis, who stands on the roof of the building like an apparition between two kneeling angels, also bears such a yoke.

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