He hired Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1442), the eminent go-to artist for frescoes in 15th-century Florence (and elsewhere). Work began in 1480, and features scenes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi, Sassetti’s patron saint. The two most important scenes are those in the center: on top, St. Francis seeking permission to preach his rule (he did not want to be burned as a heretic); below, St. Francis raising the dead boy. Both actual events occurred in Rome. The architectural backdrops in both depict 15th-century Florence. Civic pride? Yes, and then some.
Where else to see Francesco Sassetti:
Tornabuoni Chapel, Santa Maria Novella
Portrait bust, Antonio Rossellino, Bargello
Ghirlandaio, Portrait of Francesco Sassetti and his son, Metropolitcan Museum of Art, New York