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Legend of Saint Francis 4: Miracle of Crucifix

Legend of Saint Francis 4: Miracle of the Crucifix. One of 28 frescoes in a series by Giotto in the Upper Church (1297-99). According to the legend, the image of Christ on a crucifix in the Church of San Damiano spoke to him: "Francis, go and restore my house, which is in danger of collapsing". Giotto shows Francis in a half ruined church, where the saint kneels before the painted crucifix, his arms raised in fright.

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