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Saint Francis of Assisi

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Saint Francis (1182–1226) wears the brown habit of the religious order he founded in the early thirteenth 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 Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

probably 1320s

Medium

tempera on wood

Measurements

H 88.2 x W 32.2 cm

Accession number

43.6

Acquisition method

purchased, 1943

Work type

Painting


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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