An Evocation of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi


This beautifully illustrated guide brings alive to our modern imaginations the extraordinary artistic wealth of the medieval frescoes in the Basilica.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2022.

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The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is a mother lode of paintings by artists such as Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, Cimabue and Giotto, reflecting the emergence of a new age in European art and offering an overwhelming multiplicity of imagery. Margaret Pont informs, provokes and enchants the reader in equal measure through her discussion of various selected visual vignettes represented in some of the frescoes. The distinct originality and diversity of these scenes are considered in their social, psychological and spiritual context.

This book focuses on the exquisitely detailed beauty of these artworks and the town of Assisi, animating the profound humanism and affirmative energy which the radiant Francis brought to Umbria and Italy itself. Through an authoritative yet witty narrative, it guides our attention across key themes of the period accompanying the Franciscan phenomenon, which reflected a radical change in consciousness towards human relationships and one’s rapport with Nature. The resonance between Christ and Francis is evidenced, as is the less well-known supportive role of women in both periods. Beautifully illustrated, this textured analysis aspires to evoke the artistically rich and innovative atmosphere and the complex medieval setting in which St. Francis, Giotto di Bondone and Dante Alighieri lived.

Francis goes beyond personality; his universal vision connects us to the spirit world of cultures, such as the Druids and Buddhists. This book takes the reader on a journey back to find an eternal continuity and soulful pattern that relates to our own chaotic world.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24 x 28 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 26 July 2022
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Margaret Pont
Dimensions 24 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g


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Margaret Pont is an Australian scientist who worked in genetic engineering and bioethics for thirty years. She later completed her Master of Fine Arts and studied Italian literature at the University of Melbourne. Now an independent scholar of early Christianity and Franciscanism, she has published widely, including a monograph on Arthur Boyd and Saint Francis of Assisi (2004) which was followed by a ground-breaking tapestry exhibition in Australia and an international conference celebrating 800 years of the Franciscan Order. For the last twenty-five years she has divided her time between Melbourne and Assisi.