Artist: Michele Giambono (Michele Giovanni Bono) (Italian, active Venice 1420–62)
Date: ca. 1430
Medium: Tempera and gold on wood
Dimensions: Overall, with engaged frame, 21 5/8 x 15 1/4 in. (54.9 x 38.7 cm); painted surface 18 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (47 x 31.1 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number: 06.180
Though abraded, this is a masterpiece by Giambono, the greatest representative of late Gothic painting in Venice. It combines Saint Francis receiving the Stigmata with a figure of Christ as the Man of Sorrows. The reverse is painted to imitate porphyry—a stone with imperial associations. The copious blood issuing from Christ’s wounds as well as from the three nails in the cross is rendered in relief, as is the crown of thorns, thereby emphasizing the physical, tactile quality of these details, which are presented to the viewer for meditation. The pattern on the background is derived from Islamic textiles. The frame is original.