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Saint Francis Renouncing the World for the Cloister

Artist/maker unknown, Netherlandish

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

c. 1500

Oil on panel

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 305, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

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

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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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