”SAINT FRANCIS RECEIVES THE STIGMATA” WITH IMPORTANT FRAME. OIL ON COPPER; POLYCHROMED AND GILT WOOD, METAL. FOLLOWER OF LUDOVICO CARDI (CHIGOLI; ITALY 1559-1613). 17TH CENTURY.

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Reference: ZF0487

"Stigmatization of San Francisco de Asís", with an important framework. Oil on copper; carved and polychrome wood, metal. Attributed to a follower of Ludovico Cardi (Chigoli; San Miniato, 1559- Rome, 1613). XVII century.
Oil on copper with the theme of the Stigmatization of San Francisco de Asís (with Brother Leon) enhanced by a magnificent carved, polychrome and gilt-shaped rectangular wooden frame with protruding corners, circular central sides, and decorated in the front with some minute and delicate plant formations alternating one with a winged angel's head with another that does not present it (the angels in the circular forms). On the back, you can see a series of inscriptions (one in the copper itself and others in the frame) as well as metal rings that allow the work to be hung.
Ludovico Cardi (also known as Cigoli) was an Italian painter and architect whose activity focused on Florence (where he trained) and Rome. His work is preserved in centers of great importance such as the Pitti Palace, the Basilica of St. Peter of the Vatican (Rome), the Basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor (Rome; it has been assumed that in the Immaculate fresco of the Pauline Chapel is the first reliable representation of the moon, since the painter was a great friend of Galileo Galilei), the Uffizi Gallery (Florence), the Borghese Gallery (Rome), the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, etc.
For this work, it is necessary to remember, with the aim of seeing similarities and differences, some paintings of the master: the San Francisco of the late 1590s of the Hermitage, the titled San Francisco Praying (attributed to Cigoli) that is located in San Giovanni dei Fiorentini (Rome, Italy), The Stigmatization of San Francisco dated in 1596 from the Uffizi Gallery (note the compositional similarities, but opposite - almost as seen in an engraving in the present case, possibly - and the small differences existing in colors, composition , background, positions, etc.), and the same theme (dated between 1590 and 1600) located in the Duomo of Guastalla (Italy).
The inscription of copper is difficult to read. In the frame, in addition to other less readable, you can see some somewhat striking: above, on the left, "José Vega / 1969"; below, in the center “It's from the Soterraña de la / Capilla de Jesús a la column”; under the previous one, “Attributed to / Luisa la Roldana (1656-1704) / 1690”. Although the invocation of the Virgin Soterraña was apparently born in the Church of Santa María la Real de Nieva (Segovia), there are brotherhoods in his honor in other parts of the peninsular geography such as Olmedo (Valladolid), or Seville (Our Lady of the Underground Queen of Heaven and Earth of the Brotherhood of the Supper)."


· Size: 46x8x51 int 14,5x20 cms.

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