St Francis of Assisi Embracing Christ

C.A. Villaecres, after Murillo

oil on canvas - 26 1/4" x 17 3/4"

1907

Born late in the 12th century, the eldest son of Pietro de Bernardone, one of Assisi's wealthiest merchants, St. Francis spent his early years in unrestrained youthful extravagance.  After experiencing a vision of Christ, however, young Francis underwent a conversion of heart and spirt.  Committing himself to a life of poverty and devoted to caring for the poor and sick, Francis attracted many followers and remains today one of the faith's most beloved and inspiring figures.

This painting was donated in memory of Lieutenant General John "Jack" P. Flynn who said it was Mary, the Mother of God, who helped him when he was exposed to forceful interrogation, intimidation, and brutal treatment while he was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam.

Shrine Permanent Collection - Aquired 1997