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The Ecstasy of Saint Francis

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Giovanni Baglione (Italian, 1566–1643)

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Generally considered Giovanni Baglione’s most accomplished painting, this work is his first known “Caravaggesque” picture—that is, one that incorporates the innovative use of realistic figure types and dramatic lighting favored by the painter Caravaggio beginning in the late 1590s. Saint Francis swoons in ecstasy into the arms of an angel after meditating on the instruments used to torture Jesus, presented by another angel on the left. Baglione’s brief Caravaggesque phase ended after 1603, when, in an infamous trial, he accused Caravaggio of slander for having distributed a series of malicious poems about him.


On View, Gallery 211


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Giovanni Baglione


The Ecstasy of Saint Francis


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


155.3 × 116.8 cm (61 1/8 × 46 in.); Framed: 188.6 × 151.1 × 7.6 cm (74 1/4 × 59 1/2 × 3 in.)

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Bequest of Suzette Morton Davidson

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