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Plaquette - St Francis of Paola

St Francis of Paola

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt brass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquettein gilt brass was made in Spain in about 1600. This represents the last illness of St. Francis of Paola, when he asked to be carried to church barefoot exalting his fellow-friars to recommend themselves to charity, before returning to his cell, where he died, at the age of 91.

Physical description

Gilt brass plaquette of St. Francis of Paola. The scene represented is that of the saint's last illness, when he asked to be carried to church barefoot exalting his fellow friars to recommend themselves to charity. St Francis in monastic habit, kneels to the left before an altar, on which are a cross, a whip, and a skull. Above is a vision of cherubs surrounding a gloria with the word 'CHARITAS'. On the right a group of monks, and part of a building. With a moulded rim.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)


ca. 1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gilt brass

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 103 mm, Width: 72 mm

Descriptive line

Gilt brass plaquette of St. Francis of Paola, Spain, ca. 1600

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cf. Costilla, Manuel Aullo. Ensayo de un Catálogo de Plaquetas o Bronces Religiosos Españoles. Arte Español. XVI, 1946-7. p. 111. fig. 29.
Cf. Weber, Ingrid. Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten. Herstellung: F. Bruckmann KG, München, 1975. pl. 297. no. 1041, 10.
Cf. Farmer, David Hugh. The Oxford Dictionary of Saints. Oxford, 1987. p. 170.


Gilt brass

Subjects depicted

Cross; Skull; Putti; Scourges


Sculpture; Christianity; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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