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Maestro di San Crispino (ca. 1330)

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Maestro di San Crispino in:  Assisi 

This artist is named for the frescoes in the tabernacle on the facade of the Oratorio di San Crispino (illustrated above), along with a number of other frescoes that were detached from its interior.  All of the works so far attributed to him are in Assisi.

Frescoes in the Aedicule the Oratorio di San Crispino (ca. 1330)


The frescoes that survive in situ in the shrine above the portal of the Oratorio di San Crispino are among the works for which this master is named.  They were first recorded in 1424, when a document was notarised “ante maiestatem fraternitatis disciplinatorum s. Marie episcopatus” (in front of the Maestà of the Confraternity of Santa Maria del Vescovado, the confraternity to which the oratory originally belonged).  They depict:

  1. the Madonna and Child enthroned with SS Francis and Clare and members of the confraternity, dressed in white robes;

  2. the Lamb of God, above

  3. St Blaise, holding the wool carding comb that was the instrument of his martyrdom, to the left; and

  4. an unidentified saint, perhaps St John the Baptist, to the right. 

Frescoes in the Oratorio di San Crispino (ca. 1330)


These frescoes from the refectory of the Oratorio di San Crispino, which are now in the Pinacoteca Comunale, include:

  1. St Onuphrius as a hermit, with a kneeling donor; and

  2. St Blaise with the instrument of his martyrdom (a wool carder’s comb).

Other frescoes from the oratory, which are also attributed to the Maestro di San Crispino, are in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.  [Describe]

Frescoes in an Aedicule outside San Damiano (ca. 1330)


The frescoes in this aedicule outside San Damiano are attributed to the Maestro di San Crispino.  They depict:

  1. the Madonna and Child enthroned with SS Francis (who commends a kneeling donor) and Clare:

  2. God the Father above; and

  3. SS Rufinus and Damian to the sides.

[Work in in S. Rufino and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo]

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