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On the occasion of the exhibition Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings (on view June 5–September 3, 2012), the artist recorded his thoughts about various works of art in the Met's collection.
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Albert TenEyck Gardner (in MMA "American Sculpture, A Catalogue of the Collection") "This statue of Saint Francis of Assisi was made in Washington in 1940. The inscription is part of a verse from Saint Francis's Canticle of the Sun: Laudato si mi signore per sora nostra morte corporale, de la quale nullu homo viventi po skappare; guai a quilli ke morrano ne le peccata mortali; beati quilli ke se trovara ne le tue sanctissime voluntati, ke la morte secunda nol farra male. (Praised be my Lord for our sister, the death of the body, from whom no man escapeth. Woe to him who dieth in mortal sin. Blessed are they who are found walking by thy most holy will, for the second death will have no power to do them harm.)
Signature: Inscribed: LAVDATO SI MI SIGNORE PER SORA NOSTRA MORTE
Riverside Museum, New York. ¦Latin American Exhibition of Fine Arts¦ July 23-October 20th, 1940.Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C. ¦Sculptures from Brazil¦ (18 pieces by Martins), 1941Valentine Galleries, New York. ¦Maria Martins¦, May 11-30, 1942.
Albert TenEyck Gardner, American Sculpture, A Catalogue of the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965) p. 173
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