Saint Francis Receives the Stigmata

Ambrogio Bergognonearound 1500 - 1510

Museo Diocesano Milano

Museo Diocesano Milano
Milano, Italy


  • Title: Saint Francis Receives the Stigmata
  • Creator Lifespan: around 1453 - 1523
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Milan (?)
  • Date: around 1500 - 1510
  • Provenance: Archbishop's Picture Gallery
  • Physical Dimensions: w131.6 x h177.4 cm
  • Painter: Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone
  • Description: This panel, which came to the Diocesan Museum from the Archbishop's Picture Gallery, was most likely once used as an altarpiece or as the central panel of a polyptych. Recent studies have suggested its origin to be the destroyed church of San Francesco Grande in Milan. This would indicate a Franciscan patron, which would also be consistent with the iconography of the painting. The painting depicts St. Francis in the foreground, in the act of receiving the stigmata on Mount La Verna, according to the story told in one of the most important sources on the Saint, First Life by Thomas of Celano. The incident, which occurred in 1224, is one of the main iconographical subjects taken from the life of the Saint, in which he is represented as an alter Christus.Within the stylistic path of Bergognone, this work shows clear affinities with the works of his late period, around 1510, because, when comparing this work with others painted by the artist in Milan in those years, the same simplification of the drapery, in large folds, and low level of meticulousness in the description of the landscape is evident.
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: © Archivio fotografico Museo Diocesano, Milano
  • Medium: Tempera on panel

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