The Bardi chapel
The chapel under the patronage of the Bardi family was dedicated to Saint Francis whose
life was celebrated by Giotto in 1325 in the six episodes which decorate the walls.
In the eighteen century the frescoes were painted with quicklime and covered with
funeral monuments and tombstones.
Between 1849 and 1850 they were brought back to life
and restored by the painter Gaetano Bianchi then, around 1958 other original parts were recovered.
The thirteenth century panel on the altarpiece representing Saint Francis and stories of his life
was attributed to an unknown artist, therefore named after the painting as "Maestro della Tavola Bardi”.