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Saint Francis

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Greek

Not on view

This head of Saint Francis was cut from a larger canvas. Originally it showed the saint half-length against a nocturnal sky, staring at a luminous cloud while gesturing to a skull and crucifix in front of him. During his lifetime, El Greco was famous for pictures of Saint Francis of Assisi, many painted entirely by the master’s assistants. Here the execution is of unexpected quality, with a play of textures and highlights typical of El Greco’s later years.

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