The frescoes in the Cappella Bufalini, in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, were painted by Bernardino di Betto (1454-1513), better known as Pinuricchio.
The frescoes (c. 1484-86), which depict scenes from the lives of St Bernardino of Siena and St Francis, were commissioned by Riccomanno Bufalini for his family chapel. Riccomanno appears in the fresco on the left wall. He stands in a floor-length fur-lined cloak on the far left.
The fresco on the altar wall depicts The Glory of St Bernardino. St Bernardino, who is flanked by St Augustine and St Antony of Padua, holds open a book on which is written PATER MANIFESTAVI NOMEN TVVM OMNIBVS (Father, I have shown your name to everyone), the words the friars were chanting as Bernardino passed away on the eve of Ascension, 1444.
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