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Saint Francis of Assisi with Angels
Sandro Botticelli

Saint Francis of Assisi (about 1181 - 1226), founder of the Franciscan order, is shown contemplating a crucifix. His meditations on Christ's suffering on the cross were so intense that Christ's wounds, known as the stigmata, were miraculously transferred to his body during one of his visions. The stigmata can be seen in his side, hands and feet.

Words from a hymn to Saint Francis, and the date 1492, were once written along the lower edge. The painting has recently been attributed to Botticelli. The simple, devout style of the painting, with the figure silhouetted against a gold background is in imitation of much earlier pictures. The painting is interesting evidence of a Franciscan commission from Botticelli's workshop, despite the Dominican sympathies of the master.

Key facts
Artist Sandro Botticelli
Artist dates about 1445 - 1510
Full title Saint Francis of Assisi with Angels
Date made about 1475-80
Medium and support Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions 49.5 x 31.8 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1858
Inventory number NG598
Location in Gallery Not on display
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