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Saint Francis of Assisi
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Saint Francis of Assisi

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Description Saint Francis (1182-1226) was the patron saint and founder of the Franciscan Order. Late in life he had a vision, which left him with wounds in hands and feet like those of the crucified Christ. Here, he is depicted holding a book and a cross-staff and wearing the brown habit of the Franciscan order. The saint promoted an austere and pious way of life, and his bare feet testify to his ideal of poverty. The letters "C G" and the coat of arms refer to the unidentified patron of the painting, likely intended for private devotion as indicated by its small size. A follower of the famous Pietro Perugino (ca. 1450-1523), Berto di Giovanni worked in the sweet and simple style of that artist in his native hilltown of Perugia in Central Italy.
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
6/01/1946Treatmentinpainted; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray
2/08/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition; varnish removed or reduced
2/08/1982Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • God's Minstrel: St. Francis of Assisi. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
  • The Saint Francis Missal. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2020.
Provenance Pinacoteca, Perugia; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 181; 1897 catalogue: no. 332, as Eusebio di San Giorgio]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] C G
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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ca. 1500-1510 (Renaissance)
tempera and gold leaf on wood panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 26 15/16 x W: 16 7/8 in. (68.5 x 42.8 cm); Panel H: 30 5/16 x W: 20 1/4 x D: 1 in. (77 x 51.5 x 2.5 cm)
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