Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata

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Artist / maker

Peter Paul Rubens (painters (artists))

Date

ca. 1633

Period

17 century
St Francis of Assisi was already a legendary figure not long after his death. The story of his stigmatisation was not only highly popular in Italy but north of the Alps as well. In 1224, two years before his death, St Francis had a vision on Mount La Verna near Arezzo, where he had retreated with brother Leo. The crucified…
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St Francis of Assisi was already a legendary figure not long after his death. The story of his stigmatisation was not only highly popular in Italy but north of the Alps as well. In 1224, two years before his death, St Francis had a vision on Mount La Verna near Arezzo, where he had retreated with brother Leo. The crucified Christ appeared to him as a seraph with six wings. At this moment he received the five wounds of Christ, which he retained until his death. The skull and the open prayer book in the right foreground refer to the life of meditation and detachment Francis had chosen. Rubens painted many versions of this subject. Here the Saint is portrayed from the front, looking straight at the viewer. The image of his face, full of pain and confusion, heightens the dramatic effect of the event and is typical of Rubens’ late work. This is also true of his use of soft tones of grey merging into one another. The altarpiece was originally an embellishment of a side altar in the church of the Recollects in Ghent, which no longer exists.
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Features
Artist / maker Peter Paul Rubens VIAF RKD Wikidata
Type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Category paintings (visual works)
Materials oil paint , canvas
Dimensions 265.5 x 193 cm
Location Work on display
Object number S-9
Vlaamse Kunstcollectie - EN

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