Saint Francis of Assisi
Possibly Florence, the early 14th century
Tempera on wood
88.2 x 32.2 cm
This panel once formed part of a larger altarpiece. 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 label on the frame records the artist as Ugolino da Siena, but this is not now generally accepted.
Purchased 1943 (No.43.6)