Giotto, St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Giotto di Bondone, St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata with predella scenes
of the Dream of Innocent III, The Pope Approving the Rule of the Order, and St. Francis
Preaching to the Birds, c. 1295-1300, Musée du Louvre, Paris (originally, Church of San Francesco, Pisa),
tempera and gold on panel, 3.13 x 1.63m, original frame inscribed: "OPUS IOCTI

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Elena wrote on Monday, August 15, 2011

Thank you Dr. Harris and Dr. Zucker for this wonderful and informative discussion of the amazing Giotto altarpiece of St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata. Also, your high quality video and photographs are amazing. Thank you! This is a really early example of the developing Rennaissance and also one of my favorite images of Christ, flying to Francis in the form of a seraphim and sending forth his Holy Spirit to mark Francis. The gold paint conveys the Divine Light so beautifully. Thank you for wonderful work!

Young A wrote on Saturday, April 28, 2012

St. Francis receiving the Stigmata is not naturalistic and is innovative rather than an empty and flat painting which brought it from the Byzantine period to Proto-Renaissance. Also, this painting reflects St. Francis's life as to how he was a beggar but he always gave to others. Personally, I don't really like the painting because it is not interesting to me because the colors and the character's/everything in the art seem bland.

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