National Gallery
Tue 13 Jun 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Curator intro: St Francis image

Join Joost Joustra, the Ahmanson Research Associate Curator in Art and Religion at the National Gallery and co-curator of Saint Francis of Assisi, for an online introduction to the exhibition; the first major show in the UK to explore the saint’s life and legacy.
Presenting the art and imagery of Saint Francis (1182–1226) from the 13th century to today, this exhibition looks at why this saint is a figure of enormous relevance to our time due to his spiritual radicalism, commitment to the poor, and love of God and nature, as well as his powerful appeals for peace, and openness to dialogue with other religions.
From some of the earliest medieval panels, relics and manuscripts to modern-day films and a Marvel comic, the exhibition shines a light on how Saint Francis has captured the imagination of artists through the centuries, and how his appeal has transcended generations, continents and different religious traditions.