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Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

'Vision of St François d'Assise. Enamel, 13th century'; Reliquary of Saint Francis of Assisi c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864502

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Photograph of a Limousin enamelled reliquary of Saint Francis of Assisi, created around 1230 and now in the collection of the Musée de Cluny, Paris (LO AD 81 - case 12). The four-lobed cross depicts the stigmatization of St. Francis (c.1181-1226), making it one of the saint's earliest representations. St Francis is shown amidst trees and plants, looking up at a seraph. His hands and feet bear the stigmata of the crucifixion.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    St Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs