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S. Niccolò in Matigge:
The South Wall of the Nave

Only two paintings have survived on the south wall of the church, both of the same subject: The Mother and Child and the good bishop St. Nicholas, the church's patron.


[image ALT: A 2‑panel wall painting: on the left, the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the Baby Jesus; on the right, a solemn-looking bishop, mitred, carrying a crozier and blessing: he can be identified as St. Nicholas. It is a fresco on the south wall of the nave inside the church of S. Niccolò near Matigge, Umbria (central Italy).]

The Virgin breastfeeds her Child as St. Nicholas looks on, blessing.

And if you've followed these pages in order, you'll find I've saved the best for last: the expression in the faces and the quality of the draperies mark this last fresco in S. Niccolò as one of the best in the area:


[image ALT: A 2‑panel wall painting: on the left, the Virgin Mary, seated and holding the Baby Jesus who is standing on her left knee and kissing her on the cheek; on the right, a solemn-looking bishop, mitred, carrying a crozier and blessing: he can be identified as St. Nicholas. It is a fresco on the south wall of the nave inside the church of S. Niccolò near Matigge, Umbria (central Italy).]

This fresco has been dated to the 1st half of the 14c. Like most such wall paintings, it is unsigned, but has been attributed to an artist referred to as the First Master of S. Chiara, from a fresco of his in the church of S. Chiara in nearby Montefalco. The painting was restored in 1928‑29: despite the best efforts of the restorers, they are artists too, and the Virgin's face betrays the style of the Twenties.

And in case you haven't seen the other pages on the interior of this church: 
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