FCO-2474

Saint Francis of AssisiExecuted to

1944

code

FCO-2474

CR Number

2167

dimensions

2120 x 750 cm

Art Form

Panel

Art Medium

tiles

Artwork Surface

combined medium and support
Mentioned By 50
Is Part Of

EMPTY LABEL

Title
Saint Francis of Assisi
Description
Composition in blue and white. Lines defining contours, sinuous and shaded areas. It depicts several steps os Saint Francis of Assisi's life. The composition follows the shape of the facade of the church, which is made up of four arches: two on the left, small; a larger, center and on the right; and two the size of the first one on the right. The entire background of the composition is divided by diagonal lines forming squares that suggest a network, and on each square we see or a bird or a fish. Even against the background, sinuous lines traverse the entire area of ​​the composition by defining the boundaries of colored areas that make up the background. The figures and the animals are distinguished by being well-defined with marked contour lines. In the first arc, Saint Francis is standing in profile to the right. With arms stretched, he seems to be talking to the dark birds outlined around him. Between the first and second arcs, kneeling figure profile to the left with hands on the floor. In the larger arc, we see on the left, diagonal to on the right, bottom to top, three figures. The first one is turned 3/4 toward to the right, as if running, wearing a long flowing tunic, with arms stretched to the sides and wide apart legs, suggesting to be taking a big step. Further up, another figure, 3/4 turned to the left, wearing long tunic with tail behind, arms also stretched to the side and slightly apart legs. Further to the right and up, part of a building with flat roof suggesting tiles, with window through which one sees a child's half-bust, 3/4 facing left, also with open stretched arms. Also in the larger arc underneath the center, wolf lying in profile to the right, head forward with Saint Francis, standing in profile to the left. The saint seems to look toward the arms that are folded (the right one is forward). In the fourth arc, Saint Francis sitting in profile to the left, with folded arms and hands toward three birds that are on the floor, lined up side by side. A little further back, wide tree trunk and small pantry.
Location Created
Related Event 10
Related Document 178
Artwork Function
Executed toArtworkFunctionType
Artwork Function Description
Work executed for the back wall of the Pampulha Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Belo Horizonte, MG. Work designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Art Form
PanelArtFormType
Art Medium
tilesArtMediumType
Artwork Surface
combined medium and supportArtworkSurfaceType
Technique
Work’s irregular form accompanies the line of the church’s rear façade, its top presenting four arches.
Collection
Igreja de São Francisco de Assis da Pampulha adquirida do artista sob encomenda feita por Oscar Niemeyer, em 1943Collection
Height
750
Width
2120
Dimension Notes
PAINEL formato: irregular 15x15 (azulejos)
Annotation
Unsigned
Annotation Author
Dated in inscription in bottom right corner "C.PORTINARI COMPOZ E DETALHOV EXECVTADO NO ATELIER OSIRARTE DE SÃO PAVLO POR P.C.ROSSI OSIR M.ZANINI E.L.GERMEK MATERIAL E COZIMENTO DE I.R.F.MATARAZZO MCMXLIV”

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