Adoration of Saint Francis

Szymon Czechowicz

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Basic information
Szymon Czechowicz
Adoration of Saint Francis
Date of creation
mid-18th c.
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
266 x 171
Information about author
Szymon Czechowicz
Artist's lifetime
Szymon Czechowicz was born in an impoverished noble family in Krakow on July 28, 1689. He became an orphan at a young age. Thanks to the support of his patron and philanthropist Franciszek Ossolinski, the artist went to Rome, where he studied painting at the Academy of St. Luke under the guidance of Carlo Maratti. The first professional works of the artist were copies after famous painters, such as Rubens, Van Dyck and others; the artist drew upon their iconographic compositions. In 1765, at the invitation of Waclaw Rzewuski, he arrived at Pidhirtsi Castle in the Lviv region; by 1767, Czechowicz created 107 works that became part of the castle interior and a kind of the first museum of the artist. During the last period of his life, Szymon Czechowicz worked in Lithuania and Warsaw, where he opened his own art studio. The artist died on July 21, 1775. He was considered to be one of the best artists of the Baroque era in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Among the artist's creative legacy there are portraits and monumental paintings on sacred themes.
Object description
Most of the composition is taken by the figure of a kneeling monk with his arms wide apart. The robe is girded with a thick cord. The Holy Spirit depicted as a pigeon is shown in the upper left corner of the painting; five rays of light come out of it, touching the monk's hands. In the lower right corner there are images of a human skull and a bush of white flowers (camomiles ?). The wooden cross fixed with a cord is behind the monk's left hand. The effulgence is over the monk's head. To the left of the man there is a figure of an elderly monk lying on the grass and resting his elbow on an open book. The images of angels are above the monk's head in the clouds. The mountain landscape serves as a background of the painting.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Saint Francis of Assisi (Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone)
Lifetime of the person portrayed