St. Francis receiving the stigmata, on a leaf from an illuminated antiphoner on vellum [Italy (Florence), c.1475]
The portrait of St. Francis is by a skilled Florentine miniaturist. The facial features are delicately portrayed and recall the initials in Modena, Bib. Estense, ms.lat.449, and Florence, San Marco, ms.539 (A. Garzelli, Miniatura Fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1985, II:572 and 649), while the pale blue background flecked with scrolling clouds recalls the portraits of Attavante (1452-c.1525). The border work is notably fine as is the white foliage penwork panels of the initial itself, which find comparisons in numerous Florentine works from the end of the fifteenth century (cf. Garzelli, II:638, 648-50 and 653).