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 il Pinturicchio, between 1484 and 1486.
The frescoes, which depict scenes from the lives of San Bernardino da Siena (1380-1444) and St Francis (c. 1181-1226), were commissioned by Riccomanno Bufalini for his family chapel. Bufalini 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 two frescoes on the right wall depict scenes from the life of St Francis. The frescoes in the vault depict the four Evangelists.
San Bernadino da Siena died on May 20th 1444. Six years later, on May 24th 1450, he was canonised by Pope Nicholas V (r. 1447-55).