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Domenico Ghirlandaio. The Confirmation of the Rule of the Order of St. Francis by Pope Honorius III. c.1480-1485. Fresco. Santa Trinita, Sassetti Chapel, Florence, Italy. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]

Domenico Ghirlandaio. The Confirmation of the Rule of the Order of St. Francis by Pope Honorius III.
The Confirmation of the Rule of the Order of St. Francis by Pope Honorius III. One of the most remarkable frescos in the Sassetti Chapel is Confirmation of the Rule, showing the approval of the Order of St. Francis. In the center, St. Francis is kneeling with his brothers in faith before Pope Honorius III, who is handing St. Francis a scroll confirming the Rule of the newly founded Order of St. Francis. In the foreground, important Florentine personalities are taking part in the historical events. On the right there is Francesco Sassetti (the bold man) with his young son Federigo. At his side is his employer, Lorenzo the Magnificent (the dark-haired man), followed by Antonio Pucci, a powerful and loyal friend of the Medici family. On the other side there are three more of Sassettiís sons. In the foreground there are Lorenzo the Magnificentís two young sons, his nephew and their teachers are climbing up the steps. The first to appear is the court poet Polizian with Lorenzoís nephew, Giulio (1478-1534), future Pope Clemente VII,  followed by Lorenzo's sons Piero (1472-1503) and Giovanni (1478-1534), the future Pope Leo X

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