Ecstasy of Saint Francis
23.6 cm x 17.9 cm (9 5/16 in. x 7 1/16 in.)
(Sienna, 1563 - 1610)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
There is a sweet familiarity to Vanni’s St. Francis in Ecstasy. The setting is minimal, analogous to the poverty Francis proclaimed as the path to God. Vanni has rendered Francis’ face as emaciated and pock marked. Any anxiety the viewer might feel is assuaged by the ebullience of the angel.