Morse with Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata


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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 nocturnal setting distinguishes this scene and heightens its drama.

Morse with Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, Gilded copper with translucent and champlevé enamel, Italian

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