His father had been a rich silk merchant who had spoiled him. He was baptised Giovanni di Bernardone but for some reason his parents called him Francesco (which means frenchman). He had loved the pleasures of life before he found religion. He had his first visions in his late twenties where he was told to repair the church. He took that literally and started repairing or restoring derelict churches but also renounced his wealth. He started wearing a robe of coarse wool like those worn by the poorest peasants. His piety started to attract followers. He also preached in a way that laymen could easily understand, and always in the local language (as apposed to latin). That made him a popular preacher even though he was never ordained as a priest. Eventually he founded several new religious orders, the most famous being the Franciscan order. He became most famous because of the stigmata or the wounds of Christ that he received later in life. In this painting the stigmata can’t be seen. Instead the focus is on purity, simplicity and faith. The robes are torn, patched up and frayed at the edges. We can barely see his eyes, but if you do look closely enough you can see that he is in religious ecstasy. He might be praying or he could be looking at a vision. I love how Zurbarán used so little colour to express so much.
Saint Francis of Assisi, Francisco de Zurbarán, 1635-1639, National Gallery, London. #arthistory#zurbaran#nationalgallery#london#saintfrancis#francisofassisi#franciscodeassis
1,0063022 June, 2018
Today is the feast day of #StFrancisofAssisi and #ChurchPOP is celebrating all day via Instagram stories. (See below for one if his lesser known prayers!)
🎨this piece of art is from the talented: @the_society_of_saints
A Song of Brother Sun (aka the Canticle of the Creatures):
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
yours are the praises, the glory, the honor and all blessing. To you alone, Most High, do they belong and no human is worthy to mention your name. Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light.And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of you, Most High One. Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars: in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful. Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind; and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather, through which you give sustenance to your creatures.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste. Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night: and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us
and who produces various fruit
with colored flowers and herbs. Praised be you, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for your love and bear infirmity and tribulation. Blessed are those who endure in peace: for by you, Most High, shall they be crowned. Praised be you, my Lord, for our Sister,
Bodily Death, from whom no one living can escape: woe to those who die in mortal sin. Blessed are those whom death will find in your most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give him thanks and serve him with great humility. #Amen #catholic#francisofassisi#sainthood#catholicprayer#art
We are called to be Saints.
It is possible for each and every one of us.
Look at the heroes over the last 2000 years.
They came from all over the world.
They came from all walks of life.
Some were poor.
Some were rich.
Some were educated.
Some were uneducated.
Some were young.
Some were old.
Some were always sick.
Some were healthy.
Some were privileged.
Some were disadvantaged.
No matter the situation it is possible for each and every one of us to become great.
Who is your favorite Saint?
2,0811326 July, 2018
I am so thankful I got to experience this incredibly holy place last year. It is hands down one of my favorite places in the world.
It was the first time the lives of the saints really came alive for me. Learning so much about St Francis from those who live in his town, who worship where he worshiped, it was beautiful. He is definitely one of my bestie saints, his friendship brings me a lot of peace.
Happy Feast Day, St Francis of Assisi! 💛🌿
235105 October, 2018
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
350413 January, 2019
He who works with hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head, a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head, and his heart, is an artist. #DoWhatYouLove#FrancisOfAssisi
She who works with her hands is a laborer. She who works with her hands and her head is a craftswoman. She who works with her hands and her head and her heart is an artist ✨ -Francis of Assisi
Had a final x-ray last week that showed my fracture is all healed up, and ever since then I've been SO eager to dive back into doing things with two hands! Being literally forced to take a break was a surprising blessing that gave me a real thirst for doing what I love, and to not take that for granted. I don't have much on the calendar for shows until spring - maybe a good thing since I'm still in the process of finishing my new studio space! - that being said, please feel free to inquire about any pieces or customs, I'll just be over here creating and savoring my reclaimed dexterity 🙏🏻 photo by @kt_langley#fiercefoxart
Saint Francis of Assisi,
the patron saint of animals.
He lived in Italy 1181-1226.
Have a good Valentines day all animals and all people!
Love peace & understanding, as I always say!🧡 #francisofassisi#valentinesday
Make me an instrument of your peace. 🕊 .
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✨Vintage Hardcover Children's Picture Book • Song of the Sun: From the Canticle of the Sun • 1952 • $30 💕
Elizabeth Orton Jones beautifully presents a glorious but intimate interpretation of Saint Francis' Canticle of the Sun - his own great song of praise. ✨
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Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs. .
~ #francisofassisi .
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