Description In 1224, Saint Francis of Assisi was meditating on the mountainside of La Verna in the Apennine Mountains of Italy on the sufferings of Christ when a seraph (an angel of the highest order) appeared to him in a vision of light. Afterwards, he found his hands, feet, and side marked with the wounds of Christ-the stigmata. The miracle is shown here as witnessed by Saint Francis's companion, Brother Leo. To remind the viewer that Saint Francis was the founder of the Franciscan Order, the artist has transformed his rustic chapel into a grand basilica. The almost organic shapes of the rocks express the belief that rocks, like plants, actually grew from the ground. This panel is part of a large altarpiece that Marco Zoppo executed in Venice in 1471 for a church in the city of Pesaro.
|1/01/1946||Examination||cleaned; examined for condition|
|7/19/1989||Examination||examined for condition; varnish removed or reduced|
- God's Minstrel: St. Francis of Assisi. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
- The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
- For This is My Body: The Medieval Missal. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 339]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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