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St Francis and his Three Orders; St Francis in the interior of a church surrounded by Franciscan saints, blesseds and tertiaries, most of them named on their haloes; on a tablet held by an angel above the inscription "TRES ORDINES". c.1510-20
Engraving (modern impression)
- Production date
- 1510-1520 (circa)
Height: 294 millimetres
Width: 223 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This engraving was catalogued by Hind among a group of miscellaneous north Italian prints from about 1460-1500. The image portrays St Francis as founder of 'Three Orders' or religious bodies consisting of Conventuals, Observant and Capuchins (after 1525); Poor Clare Nuns; and Tertiares.
It is attributable to the same hand of Hind E.III.54 (P&D 1857-4-11-5); Zucker (in 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 3, 2000, p. 252) suggested on the basis of size and shape that both were possibly engraved on either side of the same plate.
Characterised by rectilinear parallels, it seems a product of the North East Italian or Paduan school. The prominence in the image of five Franciscan protomartys and of the Blessed Luca Belludi (companion of St Anthony of Padua) may be explained by the presence of their relics in the Basilica del Santo, Padua. Several figures were adapted in reverse from the engraving with 'St Benedict accompanied by Saints Scholastica, Justina, Maurus and Placidus' by the Vicentine artist Benedetto Montagna (see M.J.Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 25, 1984, p. 405, no. 018).
Another impression of the print is in Venice (Museo Correr).
Watermark crowned fleur-de-lys.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The first of nine prints purchased by the BM at the Harford sale through Evans. A second group of prints from the sale was later acquired from Colnaghi.
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