St. Francis kneeling in meditation (1587-97) by El Greco

St. Francis kneeling in meditation - El Greco - 1587-97

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Francis kneeling in meditation
ArtistEl Greco
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions105 x 86 cm
Current LocationMuseo de Bellas Artes, Bilboa

About St. Francis kneeling in meditation

St. Francis Kneeling in Meditation is an artwork painted by El Greco between 1595-1600. The painting depicts St. Francis in a state of submission to the crucifix. This composition has been replicated by El Greco at least a dozen times. St. Francis can be seen meditating on the sacrifice of Christ, not mortality. The devotional practice is shown with St. Francis reading from the Bible before meditating.

The painting measures 92 x 74 cm and is oil on canvas. Domenikos Theotocopulos, the artist’s signature, can be seen in the lower right corner of the painting. The painting’s inscription confirms that it was painted by El Greco. Other than the central figure of St. Francis, there are no other significant elements in the painting. The focus remains on the religious theme and the devotion of St. Francis towards it.

El Greco’s “St. Francis Kneeling in Meditation” has been interpreted in multiple ways over time. It is considered a fascinating example of a religious epitome. The painting’s attention to intricate details and expressive rendering has made it an exemplary artwork. El Greco’s portrayal of St. Francis kneeling before the crucifix signifies the depth of religious faith and devotion. The painting has hosted many discussions, both religious and aesthetic, and remains a crucial work of art in the history of art.

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