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This beautiful Italian late baroque Statue depicts St. Francis of Assisi. It has an amazing movement in it's clothing and looks almost real with its magnificently carved head, hands and feet. It was made between 1790 and 1820. While the head, hands and feet are incredibly detailed carved out of wood, the frock was made out of stiffed Linen and Clay. The statue shows Francis from Assisi with his stigmata.
About Francis of Assisi:
Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers, followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor, or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.
Francis' father was Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant. Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica. The experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon gathered followers. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance.
In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. In 1224, he received the stigmata, making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion. He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 142.
Condition: It has a beautiful patina and comes un-restored with its original color. Please note that part of one finger is missing. It has a couple of chips in its original Polychrome Paint and a hole in the side of the frock. For its age it is in overall good condition.
Measurements: It is 21 Inch tall by 9 Inch wide by 6 Inch deep.
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Statue of Francis of Assisi from South Italy / 18th - 19th Century / Carved Wood, Fabric & Clay
$949 USD SOLD
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