Saint Francis in Meditation

Saint Francis of Assisi was the 13th-century founder Franciscan order. He kneels in a landscape, clasping a skull, upon which he meditates. During the 17th century in Italy and Spain Saint Francis and other saints were often depicted meditating with a skull, a symbol of mortality.

This is one of two pictures by Zurbarán in this Collection of Saint Francis in meditation.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1598 - 1664
Full title
Saint Francis in Meditation
Date made
1639
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
162 x 137 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Major Charles Edmund Wedgwood Wood, 1946
Inventory number
NG5655
Location in Gallery