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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.

Date:

1601

Artist:

Giovanni Baglione
Italian, 1566–1643

About this artwork

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 211

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Giovanni Baglione

Title

The Ecstasy of Saint Francis

Origin

Italy

Date

1601

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

61 1/8 × 46 in. (155.3 × 116.8 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Suzette Morton Davidson

Reference Number

2002.378

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