Composition in black and white. Predominance of rapid lines and some shaded. Composition San Francisco surrounded representing human figures or animals. The center figure of a woman in profile to the right and San Francisco, standing, facing. In the background, dog sketch, horse and other figures who are confused with irregular areas of light and dark, scattered throughout the composition.


  • Title: Saint Francis
  • Date: 1944
  • Location Created: Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w24 x h14cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, religious:Saints:Saint Francis of Assisi, Nature:Animals:dog, human figure:man, human figure:woman
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 208
  • Notes: Support’s ogival shape accompanies the shape of the ceiling in the church’s nave.
  • Inscription: Dated in inscription at bottom edge "N. 1944 S. Francisco Se despojando das vestes”. On reverse, authentication and inscriptions by Maria Portinari "DN 246” and "Nº 638”.
  • Function: Study, not used, for the mural painting “Saint Francis Casting Off His Clothes” [FCO 2473]
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-2025

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