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Franciscan Art Collection

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Sister Jean Moore, FSPA Mission Effectiveness Coordinator, recently visited Assisi and brought back several art reproductions of traditional Franciscan art by famous painters. These items were purchased for the Viterbo Collection in recognition of the Core Values of Viterbo University and are displayed throughout campus.

Artwork

 

Francis portrait full body, Cimabue
Francis portrait full body, Cimabue
Framed print, 10.25" x 38.625"
A frescoed visual representation of St. Francis, full body portrait

Perhaps one of the most recognizable images of Francis of Assisi, this portrait was painted by the Florentine fresco artist, Cimabue (also known by his baptismal name, Cenni di Pepo).  This portrait of Francis has been claimed as the most "accurate" depiction of the person of Francis, most likely because Cimabue painted it in 1280, fifty-four years after the death of Francis.  Those who knew Francis purportedly were able to describe Francis to Cimabue for this portrait.  It is found in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi as part of the fresco Virgin and Child Enthroned, with St. Francis.
 















Francis portrait large, Cimabue
Francis portrait, large, Cimabue
Framed print, 19.75" x 26.625"
A frescoed visual representation of St. Francis, large portrait

Perhaps one of the most recognizable images of Francis of Assisi, this portrait was painted by the Florentine fresco artist, Cimabue (also known by his baptismal name, Cenni di Pepo).  This portrait of Francis has been claimed as the most "accurate" depiction of the person of Francis, most likely because Cimabue painted it in 1280, fifty-four years after the death of Francis.  Those who knew Francis purportedly were able to describe Francis to Cimabue for this portrait.  It is found in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi as part of the fresco Virgin and Child Enthroned, with St. Francis.













Francis portrait small, Cimabue
Francis portrait, small, Cimabue
Framed print, 10.75" x 14.75"
A frescoed visual representation of St. Francis, large portrait

Perhaps one of the most recognizable images of Francis of Assisi, this portrait was painted by the Florentine fresco artist, Cimabue (also known by his baptismal name, Cenni di Pepo).  This portrait of Francis has been claimed as the most "accurate" depiction of the person of Francis, most likely because Cimabue painted it in 1280, fifty-four years after the death of Francis.  Those who knew Francis purportedly were able to describe Francis to Cimabue for this portrait.  It is found in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi as part of the fresco Virgin and Child Enthroned, with St. Francis.











 

Frances Feeding the BIrds
Francis Preaching to the Birds, Giotto di Bondone
Framed print, 18.75" x 26.25"
A frescoed visual representation of St. Francis preaching to the birds

This fresco, found in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, was inspired by the account taken from the twenty-first chapter of The Life of St. Francis written by the biographer of Francis, Thomas of Celano in 1229.  The scene conveys a sense of brotherhood/sisterhood with nature, as with The Canticle of the Creatures, and hints at a lovely pause in the arduous task of preaching the Gospel way of life to the faithful that Francis undertook as the focus of his life.  The fresco is found on the back, right wall of the Upper Basilica, seen more commonly by visitors as they exit the Basilica.  With this image, on e is reminded to be in harmony with all, to be in relationship with all, and to take some time for contemplation to listen to the voice of God through others and through nature.













 

Clare portrait full body
Clare portrait, full body, Simone Martini
Framed print, 15.625" x 38.625"
A frescoed visual representation of St. Clare, full body portrait
Detail from the larger fresco "St. Clare and St. Elizabeth of Hungary"

Clare of Assisi was a contemporary and friend of Francis who also left her home in search of a way to best serve her God.  She established a community of Sisters in the Franciscan charism at the Church of San Damiano just outside the walls of Assisi.  The Poor Clares, as they became known, lived the charism and form of life of St. Clare fashioned after the form of life developed by Francis.  Clare is the first woman to receive papal approbation for her Rule and Form of Life, which she received two days before her death, August 11, 1253.  This portrait of Clare by Simone Martini, found in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, is part of a larger fresco with St. Elizabeth, was painted around 1312-20 and depicts Clare as a woman of nobility and aristocracy, which she was.
















 

Clare portrait small
Clare portrait, small, Simone Martini
Framed print, 10.75" x 14.75"
A frescoed visual representation of St. Clare, small portrait
Detail from the larger fresco "St. Clare and St. Elizabeth of Hungary"

Clare of Assisi was a contemporary and friend of Francis who also left her home in search of a way to best serve her God.  She established a community of Sisters in the Franciscan charism at the Church of San Damiano just outside the walls of Assisi.  The Poor Clares, as they became known, lived the charism and form of life of St. Clare fashioned after the form of life developed by Francis.  Clare is the first woman to receive papal approbation for her Rule and Form of Life, which she received two days before her death, August 11, 1253.  This portrait of Clare by Simone Martini, found in the Lower Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, is part of a larger fresco with St. Elizabeth, was painted around 1312-20 and depicts Clare as a woman of nobility and aristocracy, which she was.














 

Canticle of the creatures, with buildings
Canticle of the creatures, with buildings, Unknown Artist
Framed print, 9" x 13"
Illuminated text of the "Canticle of the Creatures" on parchment





 

Canticle of the creatures, with people
Canticle of the creatures, with people, Unknown artist
Framed print, 7.625" x 11"
Illuminated text of the "Canticle of the Creatures" on vellum





 

Canticle of the creatures, illuminated text
Canticle of the creatures, 9-piece set, Piero Casentini
9 framed prints, 8.25" 11.75"
Eight distinct visual representations of selected verses from the "Canticle of the creatures", plus the illuminated text itself.