Property of a German Noble Family
STUDIO OF BERNARDO STROZZI
Genoa 1581 - 1644 Venice
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
oil on canvas
unframed: 106.4 x 80 cm.; 41⅞ x 31½ in.
framed: 129 x 101 cm.; 50 ¾ x 39¾ in.
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The canvas has an old relining.
The detail of the painting is well preserved, though the paint surface is rather dirty and a little abraded in parts. There is an area of pronounced craquelure in the upper right, which is beginning to show signs of lifting. There are a number of small white specks, possibly paint, across the surface of the painting, which could be removed with a light surface clean.
Inspection under UV light is largely impeded by the varnish covering the paint surface. However, it does reveal some fairly extensive retouchings to the background of the painting, particularly in the aforementioned area of craquelure and discontinuously along a vertical line (possibly an old canvas join) running the full length of the canvas about 7cm. in from the right hand side. The figure of St. Francis has only scattered small spot retouchings.
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The prototype by Bernardo Strozzi is today in the Palazzo Rosso in Genoa.1 In 1598, at the age of 17, Strozzi joined a Capuchin monastery, a reformist offshoot of the Franciscan order. The original painting was one of many works by the artist which depict Saint Francis of Assisi, whose life and deeds formed the inspiration of the order.
1 Inv. no. P.R.54; see C. Manzitti, Bernardo Strozzi, Turin 2013, p. 79, cat. no. 11, reproduced.