Saint Francis Renouncing the World for the Cloister

Artist/maker unknown, Netherlandish

Geography:
Made in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe

Date:
c. 1500

Medium:
Oil on panel

Dimensions:
44 x 32 3/4 inches (111.8 x 83.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location:

* Gallery 205, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
2003-89-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 2003

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Label:
Saint 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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