Mariotto di Nardo
Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata
Mariotto di Nardo, Italian, Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, ca. 1408, Tempera and gold on panel; 23.5 x 28.9 cm (9 5/16 x 11 3/8 inches), Museum Appropriation Fund 17.521
In this small panel, Mariotto di Nardo represents Saint Francis of Assisi kneeling in the wilderness to receive the stigmata, the five wounds of Christ’s crucifixion. Followers of the founder of the Franciscan Order recorded that he witnessed this seraphic vision in 1224 while he prayed and fasted on Mount Alverna in the Italian Apennines. The image follows iconographic traditions established in the early Renaissance by Giotto (1267- 1337), which show the saint in a rocky landscape near small, classically detailed structures. The painting formed a segment of a predella, a band of narrative scenes in the lower register of an altarpiece that often depicted dramatic moments in the lives of the saints who appeared in the upper wings. Another panel from this predella, depicting the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence (17.520) is also in the Museum’s collection.