Is anyone familiar with the story behind this image of St. Francis? I found a very cool framed print of this St. Francis at a yard sale. This is the best copy of the picture I could find on the internet. Of course the one that I bought has the complete image on it. It seems I read or heard somewhere that it is suppose to be copied from an actual painting of St. Francis therefore the closest image we have to his actual likeness.
It's Giotto, but it wasn't painted from life as Giotto was born in 1266 and died in 1337, and St. Francis was born in 1181 or 1182 and went to Heaven in 1226.
You can read more about Giotto here: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06565a.htm
Thanks for the info. I didn't realize that the image or picture that I have is just part of an image by Giotto
I have yet another Holy Card that I love very much of St. Francis. I cannot find the image on line but it is St. Francis helping our Lord off of the Cross. I understand it to mean that when we confess our sins we help our Savior down from the cross. However, in the image it shows St. Francis with his right foot on a sphere (The earth I imagine) Could anyone tell me the significance of the right foot on the planet earth?