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Legend of Saint Francis 11: Francis Before Sultan

Legend of Saint Francis 11: Francis before the Sultan (Trial by Fire). One of 28 frescoes in a series by Giotto in the Upper Church (1297-99). In order to convert the sultan to Christianity, Francis is prepared to undergo a trial by fire. The saint stands in the centre of the picture, points to the fire and turns towards the sultan. The latter is surprised and annoyed that his own priests are running away.

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