European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Saint Francis Renouncing the World for the CloisterMade in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Netherlandish
Oil on panel
2003-89-1Purchased with the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 2003
LabelSaint Francis sheds his luxurious clothes, which represent his worldly possessions, for a life of devout poverty. Here the bishop, and by extension the Church, wraps the saint in his own robes. Due to the thin layer of paint, the dark lines of the underdrawing from which the artist built this image are visible in many locations, as in Saint Francis’s calf.
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