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St. Francis was born into a wealthy family of merchants but renounced his wealth in favor of a simple life, eventually founding the Franciscan Order in 1209. This painting by Giovanni Bellini evokes the moment St. Francis received the stigmata in 1224.
Through the use of clear, slow-drying oil paints, Giovanni created deep, rich tints and detailed shadings. His sumptuous coloring and fluent, atmospheric landscapes had a great effect on the Venetian painting school, especially on his pupils Giorgione and Titian.
This painting is at the Frick Collection in New York.