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ID number:  BIRBI-43.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Ugolino di Nerio (worked from 1317, died 1339 or 1349)
Title / Object name:  St Francis of Assisi
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Siena
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  probably 1320s
Materials:  Tempera on wood
Measurements:  88.2 x 32.2 cm
Provenance:  L. Smith; Mrs M. T. Smith before 1889; Captain Francis N. Smith, 1889; Christie's, 5 February 1910 (lot 145, described as Early Italian School), purchased by Mrs Robert Crawshay; purchased by Henry Harris; Purchased from Henry Harris in 1943 for £2,000.

Saint Francis (1182 - 1226) wears the brown habit of the religious order he founded in the early 13th century. The triple-knotted girdle hanging from his waist symbolises the poverty, obedience and chastity demanded of his followers. The saint displays his stigmata, the name for the marks of the wounds that correspond to those Christ suffered on the cross. They miraculously appeared on Francis’s palms, feet and chest.

The main panel, and the angel above, once formed part of a larger altarpiece that was later broken up. The elaborate gold frame was probably made for it in the 19th century.

2 Related Publications

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