Depictions of Saint Francis Before and After the Reformation. We see Stigmata as a recurring symbol, and in other depictions his presence with the Holy Family is common. Interestingly we see both ecstasy and agony. The stigmata marks on his hands and feet in Fra Angelico's work seem merely symbolic, while Titian seems to desire to show the viewer the story with accuracy rather than symbolize. Novelli's work returns to a more realistic rendering, with that dramatic and heavy tenebrism that lends itself to seriousness.