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Mariotto di Nardo, Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, ca. 1408, Museum Appropriation Fund

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Mariotto di Nardo

gallery location RA507.European3

Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Mariotto di Nardo Italian, Active ca. 1394 - 1424
Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, ca. 1408
Tempera and gold on panel
23.5 x 28.9 cm (9 1/4 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.

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