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Saint Francis Kneeling in Meditation

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1595/1600

Artist:

El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos)
Greek, active in Spain, 1541–1614

About this artwork

Saint Francis appears here surrounded by symbols associated with his sainthood. The book, for example, speaks to his devotional studies, and the skull is a reminder of the inevitability of death. The painting prompts the viewer to meditate upon the saint in the same way that he prays before the sculpture of the crucified Jesus. At least a dozen other versions of this composition by El Greco exist, evidence of Francis’s tremendous popularity in Toledo, Spain, where the artist worked.

Status

On View, Gallery 206

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Domenico Theotokópoulos, called El Greco

Title

Saint Francis Kneeling in Meditation

Origin

Spain

Date

1595–1600

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: Domenikos Theotocopulos (second line of text illegible)

Dimensions

92 × 74 cm (36 3/16 × 24 1/8 in. ); painted surface: 89.5 × 72 cm (35 1/4 × 28 3/8 in. )

Credit Line

Robert A. Waller Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1935.372

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