Saint Francis

Object Details

Title:

Saint Francis

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of Sir John Fastolf (French, active before about 1420 - about 1450)

Culture:

French or English

Place(s):

or England France (Place created)

Date:

about 1430 - 1440

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 12.1 x 9.2 cm (4 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.)

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Saint Francis of Assisi kneels in prayer at the center of a lush green landscape representing Mount La Verna in Umbria, Italy where he prayed and fasted for forty days. During a moment of intense prayer, a crucified seraph, or six-winged angel, appeared to Francis and imprinted the stigmata–Christ's Crucifixion wounds) on the saint's body, shown here by the red lines that connect the seraph's wounds to Francis's hands, feet, and side. The saint embodies the attempts by late medieval Christians to spiritually imitate Christ using private prayer books, like this one, to focus their meditations on Jesus's life, teachings, and suffering.

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Fit for a King: Courtly Manuscripts, 1380-1450 (June 29 to August 29, 2004)
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