Saint Francis of Assisi Appearing before Pope Nicholas V, with Donors (La aparición de San Francisco de Asís al Papa Nicolás V, con donantes)

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Saint Francis of Assisi Appearing before Pope Nicholas V, with Donors (La aparición de San Francisco de Asís al Papa Nicolás V, con donantes)

Spain, active Bolivia and Ecuador, 1628
Paintings
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 42 1/2 × 34 1/2 in. (107.95 × 87.63 cm) Framed: 50 × 41 3/4 × 3 in. (127 × 106.05 × 7.62 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by the Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art Deaccession Fund (M.2008.85)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

This painting is inspired by a Franciscan legend that gained currency in the seventeenth century.

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This painting is inspired by a Franciscan legend that gained currency in the seventeenth century. In 1449 Pope Nicholas V and a small retinue visited the tomb of Saint Francis in the monastery of Assisi. After conducting a torchlight search of the darkened crypt, the flickering light suddenly fell on the body of Saint Francis. Nicolas V fell to his knees before the miraculously preserved body. Antonio Montúfar brilliantly contrasts the immobile body of the saint with the expressiveness of his face. The lavish attire of the donors suggests that they were members of Peruvian nobility.


Ilona Katzew, 2008
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Bibliography

  • Alcalá, Luisa Elena and Jonathan Brown, eds. Painting in Latin America 1550-1820. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.
  • Leskovac, Zoran, Jörg Wüllner, and Ružica Maric, eds. Spanish Paintings from the 15th to 18th Centuries. Vukovar: Vukovar Municipal Museum, 2018.