This panel once formed part of a larger altarpiece. Saint Francis wears the brown habit of the religious order he founded in the early thirteenth century. The triple-knotted girdle hanging from his waist symbolises the poverty, obedience and chastity demanded of his followers. The saint displays his stigmata, the name for the marks of the wounds that correspond to those Christ suffered on the cross. They miraculously appeared on Francis’s palms, feet and chest. The label on the frame records the artist as Ugolino da Siena, but this is not now generally accepted.
Where to see this painting?
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, B15 2TS
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.