HERRERA, Francisco de, the Younger
(b. 1622, Sevilla, d. 1685, Madrid)

Stigmatisation of St Francis

Oil on canvas, 570 x 363 cm
Cathedral, Seville

In this painting Herrera follows the model of his own Triumph of St Hermengild. He conceives the subject as a surging apotheosis of the saint, who is carried triumphantly aloft by a convoy of angels and putti. The Stigmatisation of St Francis established a new standard in Seville. The dynamic composition, sketchy technique, rich, soft colours, and complicated poses immediately became the benchmark for local painters.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 33 minutes):
Michael Haydn: St Francis Mass