The stigmatisation of Saint Francis of Assisi (circa 1633), Peter Paul Rubens


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Peter Paul Rubens's "The Stigmatisation of Saint Francis of Assisi" (circa 1633) is a captivating and emotionally charged depiction of the moment when Saint Francis received the stigmata, the wounds of Christ. The painting, currently displayed in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent, Belgium, exemplifies Rubens's mastery of composition, color, and symbolism.

Saint Francis stands at the center of the composition, his body enveloped in a radiant glow emanating from a seraph, a winged celestial being. His face, contorted in a mix of pain and ecstasy, reflects the intense spiritual experience he is undergoing. The seraph's outstretched arms, mirroring Christ's on the cross, symbolize the divine connection and the transmission of the stigmata.

The scene unfolds within a mystical landscape, with towering trees and a mountainous backdrop creating a sense of awe and reverence. The golden rays of the sun, piercing through the clouds, illuminate Saint Francis and emphasize his divine encounter. The presence of a skull and an open prayer book in the foreground suggests Saint Francis's asceticism and devotion to contemplation.

Rubens's masterful use of color enhances the emotional impact of the painting. Saint Francis's brown robes, reminiscent of the earth, contrast with the seraph's radiant white wings, symbolizing the earthly realm and the divine sphere. The use of vibrant reds and blues in the seraph's robes and the surrounding landscape adds a touch of energy and dynamism to the scene.

The painting's symbolism extends beyond the figures and their surroundings. The five wounds of Christ, represented by the stigmata on Saint Francis's hands and feet, symbolize his identification with Christ's suffering and his role as a Christ-like figure. The skull and the open prayer book allude to the themes of mortality, devotion, and the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment.

Rubens's "The Stigmatisation of Saint Francis of Assisi" is a powerful and moving depiction of a pivotal moment in Saint Francis's life. The painting's masterful composition, vivid colors, and rich symbolism have captivated viewers for centuries, serving as a reminder of the transformative power of spiritual experience and the profound connection between humanity and the divine.

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Fine art papers are printed without any additional white border Please let us know at the time of ordering if you would like a small additional white border.

Rolled canvas options have an additional white border of approximately 2.5 inches (7cm) on all 4 sides to aid stretching.

Ready to hang canvas panels are stretched on 1.5 inch deep solid pine frames from sustainable forestry sources. The image is mirrored on all 4 sides to give an aesthetically pleasing finish.

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