Important Early 16th Century Oil Painting Depicting Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata
Important early 16th Century Oil Painting Depicting Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata
“Description: A large important early 16th Century Oil Painting Depicting Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata | The painting resembles earlier 16th Century Italian religious paintings that marked the transition from late Gothic to Renaissance. It has been suggested that the piece is in the manner of Defendente Ferrari, especially when compared to his “”Nativity in Nocturnal Light””. A competing theory is that the painting is more likely dated from the middle to late 15th Century, placing the work closer to the International Gothic period. One could argue that the work resembles paintings by Giambono (Il Velo della Veronica), Masolino da Panicale (e.g. “”Scenes from the life of St. Peter and “”The Temptation””), Michael Pacher (E.g. “”St. Wolfgang Altarpiece, Baptism of Christ) and others. The Painting certainly has the flat side view as was common during this era (E.g. Fra Angelico’s “”Blessing Redeemer,”” “”San Bieito de Nursia”” and the head of St. Mark in the Crucifixion with grieving Mary and saints at the foot of the Cross Fresco). The type of canvas used could be dated to as early as the 15th Century, although there are examples of its use in the 14th Century. The Painting’s canvas is an early hand woven open weave of hemp. The weave is a very unique twill weave usually associated with the 16th Century Italian School. This early canvas weave has a dramatically lower thread count, is more wavy than later linear weaves, and varies in thickness and texture. Overall the weave is lacking the density, tightness and symmetry of later linen canvases. This late Renaissance canvas was later mounted to a wood panel support with what appears to be a wax substance with additional ingredients. The solid wood panel appears to have been hand carved or hewn, likely dating the newer support to the 18th Century or earlier. Please see photos for condition details. The painting’s current frame is of a much more recent design and composition, likely 19th Century. The painting measures 33 1/4″” x 25 1/2″” Frame measures 32 3/4″” W x 41 1/4″” H (Heavy Frame, Large Painting).
Dimensions: 32.75″ W x 41.25″ H
Medium: Oil on Canvas and mounted on wood panel
Date: 16th Century
Condition Report: Painting has mild pigment fading in some areas and darkened varnish in lower left of canvas, all of which is as could be expected. Has some stretcher bar impressions and accretion buildup in perimeter areas not interfering with figures. Is housed in a
Provenance: From a prominent Italian Estate.
Notes: Additional High Resolution Photographs will be added soon.”
Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata