BAS-RELIEF OF SAINT FRANCIS

Private collection, Santiago

Polychrome wood

85x130x5

Ca.1938

Extremely pronounced oval designed to decorate a headboard.

Bas-relief wood slightly polychrome without stucco. It's unfinished.

It's a scene fill of movement, marked it by two horizontal parallel figures but opposing, one is the of Christ and the other is Saint Francis.  

Saint Francis appears recumbent with a gaunt face but serene, with a aureole. He wears the franciscan habit, whose cord, to his back, is held by three birds on each side. The arms are extended and show the hands, with the stigmas.

Christ pick to him lovingly. The face, serene expression, culminates with a crown of thorns and the aureole.

On the left there is the church of Assisi; while on the right of the scene there is a typical landscape of Italian Renaissance.