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Ecstasy of Saint Francis

circa 1595
16th century
23.6 cm x 17.9 cm (9 5/16 in. x 7 1/16 in.)

Francesco Vanni (Sienna, 1563 - 1610) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.241

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.

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