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Great Artworks: Saint Francis in Meditation by Francisco de Zurburán

A gripping image that describes a model of meditative worship

Saint Francis in Meditation by Francisco de Zurburán
Saint Francis in Meditation (1635–9) by Francisco de Zurburán. National Gallery, London. Source Wikimedia Commons

A robed monk kneels, his hands clasped, his fingers interlaced. His head is raised upwards and his mouth has fallen open. The image is utterly simply, but it’s effect is complex.

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