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St Francis meditating
17th Century
Michelangelo CARAVAGGIO
Born 1571 Italy, Died 1610
St Francis meditating
[San Francesco]
Oil on canvas
128 x 94 cm  [HxW]
Ministero dell'Interno, Roma

Carravaggio generally lit his subjects from a single source high above and intensified realism by implying touch in the textures he depicted. St Francis of Assissi is shown in a torn robe to indicate his vow of poverty, alone in the darkness of a cave. He contemplates death in the form of a skull. The single figure and use of only a few colours intensifies the feeling of profound meditation.

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