St Francis of Assisi embracing a Crucifix
STROZZI, Bernardo (1581 - 1641/4)
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.