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Morse with Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata

Date:
ca. 1300–1350
Geography:
Made in Tuscany, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Gilded copper with translucent and champlevé enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/4 x 4 5/16 x 3/8 in. (10.8 x 10.9 x 0.9 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Basse taille
Credit Line:
Gift of Georges and Edna Seligmann, in memory of his father, the art collector Simon Seligmann, and his brother, René, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.498.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Worn as a clasp to close a priestly garment, this morse must have been created for an official of the Franciscan order. Despite their vows of poverty, Franciscans often possessed lavish liturgical vestments. Displaying the moment that Francis received the stigmata (marks on the body corresponding to Jesus’ crucifixion wounds), the scene closely corresponds to that on the nearby embroidery, but the nocturnal setting distinguishes this scene and heightens its drama.
Victor Gay, Paris; Simon Seligmann, Paris; Georges and Edna Seligmann, New York (until 1979)
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Kleinbauer, Walter Eugene. "Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums." Gesta 19, no. 1 (1980). p. 74, fig. 24.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1979-1980 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1980). pp. 23-24.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983. no. 38, p. 353.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 114, pp. 124-125.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 39, p. 387.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 171, pp. 142–43.

Kennedy, Trinita. "Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy." In Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy, edited by Trinita Kennedy. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014. no. 19, p. 4.

Kennedy, Trinita, ed. Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014. no. 19, pp. 132-133.

Neff, Amy. "Painting, Devotion, and the Franciscans." In Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy, edited by Trinita Kennedy. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014. no. 19, pp. 37, 43.

Robson, Janet. "The Changing Imagery of Saint Francis in the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi." In Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy, edited by Trinita Kennedy. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014. no. 19, p. 25.



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