Saint Francis Talking to the Birds

Candido Portinari1962

Projeto Portinari

Projeto Portinari
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Composition in black and white. Sketch lines. Support divided into three vertical rectangular areas, suggesting room to screen three sheets if seeing St. Francis of Assisi It depicts talking to the birds. On the left rectangle, various birds in the profile of the ground to the right and hills in the background. In the central rectangle, sees the figure of St. Francis standing in front, using cassock. It folded on the left arm vertically with open hand up and folded on the right arm horizontally at breast height with open hand and bird sitting on her palm. On the right rectangle, various birds sitting on the floor profile to the left, some flying and hills in the background.

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  • Title: Saint Francis Talking to the Birds
  • Date: 1962
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w23.3 x h20.3cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: Nature:Animals:bird, religious:religious scenes:the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, human figure:man
  • Technique: lead pencil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2441
  • Inscription: On reverse, marks suggesting partition with three divisions and three torsos.
  • Function: Study for folding screen or tryptic; not executed
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4876