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Collection Online as of May 29, 2024

Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

1535–45
(Italian, c. 1500–after 1566)

after Titian

(Italian, c. 1488-1576)
Image: 29.2 x 43.5 cm (11 1/2 x 17 1/8 in.); Sheet: 29.2 x 43.5 cm (11 1/2 x 17 1/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The woodcutter cut the block to purposely imitate the drawing style of the composition's designer, Titian.

Description

In this woodland setting, the trees yield to the divine presence, which travels from the upper right sunburst through the forest, like a heavenly explosion, toward the figure of Saint Francis at left. Landscape was central to the story of the saint, who, Christian tradition says, spent years in the wilderness living as a beggar before he miraculously received the stigmata (wounds of Christ) during an ecstatic vision. Titian’s dramatic lines create a series of dynamic diagonals, heightening the moment of religious rapture and expressing God’s power through the wonderous riches of nature.
  • Franz Ritter van Hauslab (1798-1883), Vienna (Lugt. 1247)
  • Love Gardens / Forbidden Fruit. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 2-October 29, 2023).
    I and Thou. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 21-May 27, 1984).
    Year in Review - Nineteen Hundred Sixty. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 30, 1960-January 1, 1961).
  • {{cite web|title=Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata|url=false|author=Niccolo Boldrini, Titian|year=1535–45|access-date=29 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1960.160