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Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata  1590

by El Greco

In 1226, St. Francis of Assisi had a vision of a seraph (the highest order of angels) with an image of the crucified Christ amid its six wings, from which he miraculously received the stigmata - the wounds inflicted upon Christ during the Crucifixion. El Greco depicts the wounds on Francis's elegant hands, and the saint's transfixed gaze conveys the spiritual impact of the...
H: 40 3/16 x W: 38 3/16 x D: 1 5/16 in. (102 x 97 x 3.4 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum