17th C Flemish School, Saint-Francis in exctasy


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  • €8,900 Euro
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17th C Flemish School, Saint-Francis in exctasy

This seventeenth-century panel painting is a depiction of a praying Franciscan monk, or of Saint Francis. The grey-brown habit, the skull and the book are the iconographical elements that identify the monk as Franciscan, or as Saint Francis in prayer. The composition is simple but dramatic. The skull, hands and face of the man are almost monochrome. They are lit by a strong light coming from above. The composition of the scene, the gaze of the central figure, the mannerism of the hands and the religious fervour suggest that the painter was inspired by Spanish painters like Francisco de Zurbarán, or El Greco. De Zurbarán in particular regularly painted monks and saints in a state of religious exaltation. The cradling on the back of the panel has been added at a later date.https://moonfrog.nl/monnik-of-abt-in-gebed-anoniem/


  • H: 73.5cm (28.94in)
  • W: 102.5cm (40.35in)


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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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