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The Vision of San Francesco of Paola: M.2-2016

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Current Location: Gallery 13 (Mellon)


The Vision of San Francesco of Paola


Maker: Colicci, Giovanni Antonio




Oil on panel, polychrome terracotta and glass in original carved wood frame.
Signed and dated.

Legal notes

Purchased from Andreas Pampoulides, of Coll and Cortes Ltd. With funding from Aldama, the Henry Moore Foundation, the V. & A. Purchase Grant Fund, and The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 53.6 cm
Length: 45 cm
Width: 12 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2016) by Coll & Cortes Ltd.


18th Century
Production date: AD 1725


Label text from the exhibition ‘Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500–1800’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 26 November 2019 until 31 August 2020: The vision of San Francesco of Paola (1416 –1507) This three-dimensional portrait emphasises the simplicity of the founder of the Minims, a monastic order based on the rule of St Francis, committed to humility and non-violence. In addition to the three traditional monastic vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, Minims observed a fourth vow of abstinence from meat and other animal-derived food at all times, and so were committed vegans. The fifteenth-century Italian saint Francesco di Paola was known to have had great respect and compassion for all creatures, and legends grew up around his resurrecting of animals that had been killed to be eaten, for example his favourite trout, Antonella, and his pet lamb, Martinello.


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Components of the work

Frame composed of wood

Materials used in production

on panel Oil
polychrome Terracotta

Techniques used in production

Modelling (forming)

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-2016
Primary reference Number: 208432
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_2_2016
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Created: Wednesday 16 March 2016 Updated: Wednesday 25 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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