"St. Francis in the Desert" at the Frick

Curator Susannah Rutherglen discusses Giovanni Bellini’s painting “St. Francis in the Desert,” a hallmark of the Frick Collection and one of the most important Italian Renaissance paintings in America. She’ll explain how X-radiography, infrared relectography, paint analysis, and surface examination have addressed questions about the painting’s subject, creation, and later alterations. In a “New Light: Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert” is on view at the Frick Collection through August 28.

Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430/1435–1516), St. Francis in the Desert, c. 1475–78
Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430/1435–1516), St. Francis in the Desert, c. 1475–78

oil on poplar panel, 49 x 55 7/8 inches

( The Frick Collection, New York; photo: Michael Bodycomb )
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