Saint Francis

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1615

Artist:

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577-1640

About this artwork

The preaching and teaching activities of the reformed religious orders, including the Franciscans, were important for the resurgence of the Catholic Church in the souther Netherlands following years of religious and political turmoil in the 16th century. Peter Paul Rubens painted numerous images of the founder of the Franciscans, Saint Francis of Assisi. They emphasize his ecstatic piety, most vividly represented in the episode of his stigmatization, when he received the marks of Christ's Passion. In this simpler, portraitlike image, Rubens conveyed the saint's spirituality through his inward gaze and gesture of meditation.

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European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 208

Artist

Peter Paul Rubens

Title

Saint Francis

Origin

Flanders

Date

1610–1620

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

43 1/4 × 31 in. (99 × 78.8 cm)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1983.372

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