Franciscan Art & Architecture

"We owe to the mind of Francis that a certain breath and inspiration nobler than human has stirred up the minds of our countrymen so that, in reproducing his deeds in painting, poetry and sculpture, emulation has stirred the industry of the greatest artists. Dante even found in Francis matter for his grand and most sweet verse; Cimabue and Giotto drew from his history subjects which they immortalized with the pencil of a Parrhasius; celebrated architects found in him the motive for their magnificent structures, whether at the tomb of the Poor Man himself, or at the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, the witness of so many and so great miracles." (Pope Leo XIII, Auspicato Concessum, n.22)

Franciscan Art

Courtesy of the Web Gallery of Art, Hungary

This Database contains over 3000 electronic images of the most famous works of art in European and Foreign Museums. Since it contains so many images, you are invited to search yourself for your favorite Franciscan or Poor Clare Saint, through their handy interface:   Web Gallery of Art: Search

Here below, is a listing of the art depicting St. Francis of Assisi, at the Web Gallery:

Art depicting St. Francis

Individual Works of Art depicting St. Francis

 

Andrea del Sarto [1486-1530]

 

Madonna of the Harpies depicts St. Francis with St. John the Baptist, at Our Lady’s side

 

1517
Oil on wood, 208 x 178 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Bonaventura Berlinghieri [fl. 1230]

St Francis: one of the earliest icons of the Saint (c. 1230)

 

1235
Tempera on wood
Church of San Francesco, Pescia

Giovanni Bellini [c. 1426-1516]

The Nativity Triptych depicts St. Francis at the right hand of the Holy Family

 

1460-64
Tempera on panel
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

 

The Pesaro Altarpiece : this magnificent profession of Franciscan Faith, depicts St. Francis, in attendance at the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

1471-74
Oil on panel, 262 x 240 cm
Musei Civici, Pesaro

 

St Francis in Ecstasy as he receives the Stigmata

 

1480-85
Oil on panel, 120 x 137 cm
Frick Collection, New York

 

Madonna and Child with Four Saints and Donor, depicts St. Francis humbly standing at the side of the Child Jesus

 

1507
Oil on wood, 90 x 145 cm
S. Francesco della Vigna, Venice

Bartolomeo Bon [fl. 1421-1464]

St Francis Statue

 

Marble
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

Caravaggio [1573-1610] a.k.a. Michelangelo Merisi

Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence

1609
Oil on canvas, 268 x 197 cm
Formerly San Lorenzo, Palermo (lost)

 

St Francis contemplates Sister Death, with link to streaming mp3 audio, of Michael Haydn’s Mass in Honor of St. Francis (33 minutes)

 

c. 1606
Oil on canvas, 125 x 93 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

 

St. Francis in Ecstasy : a depiction of the fruit of St. Francis' sublime imitation of Christ. (for detail click here)

 

c. 1595
Oil on canvas, 92,5 x 128,4 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

 

Cimabue
 

Madonna Enthroned with the Child, St Francis and four Angels: this is the famous Byzantine style Madonna & St. Francis from the Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi

 

1278-80
Fresco, 320 x 340 cm
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

 

Madonna Enthroned with the Child, St Francis St. Domenic and two Angels

Tempera on wood, 133 x 81 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Correggio [c. 1490-1534]

Madonna with St. Francis and St. Anthony, St. John the Baptist

 

1514
Oil on wood, 299 x 245 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

 

The Rest on the Flight to Egypt with Saint Francis : St. Francis happens upon the Holy Family in humble amazement


1517
Oil on canvas, 123,5 x 106,5 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Jan van Eyck [c. 1395-1441]

The Stigmatization of St. Francis

1428-29
Oil on wood, 12,5 x 14,5 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Taddeo Gaddi

The Stigmatization of St. Francis

Stained glass window
Cappella Baroncelli, Santa Croce, Florence

Giotto di Bondone [1267-1337]

Description and location of the Legend of St Francis fresco cycle in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi, Italia.  These 2 cycles of frescos contain scenes from all the important events of St. Francis’ life.

Complete Listing of Frescos in Upper Basilica

click this link, and then go to the smaller numbered links beneath the initial 3 diagrams, for a complete list of all images, and their descriptions.

Complete Listing of Frescos in Lower Basilica

click this link, and then go to the smaller numbered links beneath the initial panoramic image, for a complete list of all images, and their descriptions.

The Frescoes at Santa Croce, the Bardi Chapel, Firenze, Italia.

click this link, and then go to the smaller numbered links beneath the initial image of St. Clare, for a complete list of all images, and their descriptions.

Other works by Giotto di Bondone not at Assisi

 

Stigmatization of St Francis

 

1300
Tempera on wood, 314 x 162 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

 

Detail showing St. Francis receiving the Rule from Pope Innocent, and the Dream of Pope Innocent  in which he saw the Poverello holding up St. John Lateran


Death and Ascension of St Francis
Saint Francis and Saint Clare

Ghirlandaio [1449-1494]

Frescoes in the Cappella Sassetti of S. Trinita in Florence

 

This cycle includes the following scenes from life of St. Francis:

 

1. The Sigmatization of St. Francis on Mt. Alverna

2. The Trial of Fire before the Sultan of Egypt, while St. Francis attended the 4th Crusade

3. The Obsequies of St. Francis

4. The Confirmation of the Rule (see here below)

5. The Resurrection of a Boy

 

The Confirmation of the Rule of St. Francis by Pope Honorius III, on Nov. 23, 1223 A.D.

 

1482-85
Fresco
Santa Trinità, Florence

 

Detail showing St. Francis receiving the Rule from to Pope Honorius III

 

The Coronation of the Virgin of Narni:  St. Francis stands surrounded by the Saints of His Orders, directly beneath Jesus and Mary

 

1486
Tempera on wood, 330 x 230 cm
Palazzo Comunale, Narni

 

The Coronation of the Virgin of Castello:  St. Francis stands on far left, in the company of Saints of His Orders

 

1486
Tempera on wood
Pinacoteca Comunale, Citta di Castello

 

El Greco [b. 1541-d. 1614], a.k.a. Domenikos Theotokopoulos

The Stigmatization of St. Francis

1600-05
Oil on canvas, 93 x 48 cm
Cerralbo Collection, Madrid

Pordenone [c. 1484-1539], a.k.a. Giovanni Antonio de Sacchis

St Lorenzo Giustiniani, St. Francis and Other Saintsin which St. Francis, kneeling, receives the offer of the Lamb of God

1532
Oil on canvas, 420 x 220 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Pieter Pauwel Rubens [b. 1577-d. 1640]

The Stigmatization of St. Francis

c. 1616
Oil on canvas, 382 x 243 cm
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

Cosmè Tura [c. 1430-1495]

St Francis of Assisi and Announcing Angel

 

 c. 1475
Oil on panel, 30 x 11 cm (each)
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Domenico Veneziano [c. 1410-1461]

St. John the Baptist and St. Francis

 

1454
Detached fresco, 190 x 115 cm
Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, Florence

 

The Madonna and Child with Saints

 

c. 1445
Tempera on wood, 209 x 216 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

 

Detail depicting St. Francis reading a book

 

The Stigmatization of St. Francis

 

c. 1445
Tempera on wood, 26,7 x 30,5 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Veronese [1528-1588]

Madonna Enthroned with St. Joseph, St. Francis and St. Jerome

 

c. 1562
Oil on canvas, 339 x 191 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Bartolomeo Vivarini [1432-1499]

Sacra Conversazione Altarpiece at Murano, Italy:  depicts St. Francis at far left of image

 

1475
Tempera on wood, 157 x 271
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

 

 

Other Franciscan Art-Images on the Web

Artcyclopedia: St. Francis of Assisi in Art

The Madonna with Sts. Francis and Liberalis, by Giorgione [1439-1532]

Images of the Life of St. Louis IX, King of Francie courtesy of J. Alter, of the Virtual Media Lab, at the Univ. of Pennsylvannia.

N.B. the depiction of the Bastille in image #26 is anachronistic. The Bastille was constructed around 1370 A.D.
 

Saint Louis IX: images from illuminated manuscripts : a wonderful collection of various scenes from his life

Medieval Illustrationsat Biblioteca Francescana, Milano, Italia

Corale 1     Corale 2

 

Franciscan Architecture

Franciscan Monasteries and Churches

The Portiuncula: The official, multilingual site of the Basilica in Assisi

The Patriarchal Basilica Assisi: The official, multilingual site of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, USA

Ptuj : The Monastery of the Minorites

Franciscan Monastery of St. Blaise, Pridvorje, Croatia

The Franciscan church , Plzen, Czech Republic

The Franiscan Monastery in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Church of San Francesco degli Scarioni, Naples, Italy

Church of Santa Croce, Florence, Italy (?)

The Franciscan Church, Subotica, Yugoslavia

The Franciscan Church, Ingolstadt, Germany

Basilica & Franciscan Convent of SS. ANNUNZIATA, Vitulano, Italy

The Capuchine Convents of Sardinia and Corsica

Capuchin Monastery SS. Annunciata

 

The Monasteries of St. Clare

Museo delle Arti Monastiche, Serra de’Conti, Marche, Italia

 

Le Stanze del  Tempo Perduto (Italiano)

The Franciscan Archive is honored to host an Illustrated mini-tour of this Monastery-Museum

Le Clarisse di Atri una mostra sul Internet del Convento (Italiano)

La Storia della Chiesa di S. Chiara:  Verona (Italiano)

 

Il Museo della Opera di S. Chiara:  Napoliuna mostra bellissima (Italiano)

 

 

 

 

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