Francis' hands already bear the stigmata. Most likely Italian, the work features masterful skin tones and graceful depiction of drapery/robe. It measures 45 ¼ x 36 ½ in its attractive 19th c. Gilt gesso frame; 41 1/4 x 32 5/8 actual and is mounted on an 18th century European stretcher (medial bar replaced).
The work has been in obscurity in a Midwestern collection for many years and has received no RECENT conservation. You will note numerous surface irregularities, areas of in-paint and some very small, spot losses in the background (a tiny one near his head). The paint layer is stable under a layer of shiny, grimy varnish that fluoresces oddly, so blacklight examination is not terribly helpful. There is likely over-painting in the area of his mouth and a signature is barely to be discerned lower left (pictured). Undoubtedly by the hand of a talented master, this work displays richly as is with all of its imperfections; it would be stunning restored properly.There is a 19th century relining with coarsely woven early linen support visible on the edges. The item "Antique Old Master Painting St. Francis Assisi 18th Century Italian Hermit Skull" is in sale since Friday, May 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".
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