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St Francis of Assisi embracing a Crucifix

STROZZI, Bernardo (1581 - 1641/4)

[image: St Francis of Assisi embracing a Crucifix]

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 153.7 x 104.3 cm

Acquired: 1882; Bequest; William Menelaus

Accession Number: NMW A 12

St Francis (1181-1226), founder of the Franciscan Order, is shown wearing their habit. Strozzi, a Genoese artist, expresses the powerful emotions of the saint as he contemplates his Saviour on the Cross. A skull, symbolic of mortality, and a bible are nearby.

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