Gothic sculptures


Maître de Rieux

Saint Francis

Saint Francis
Date : 1333-1344
Designation : statue
Field : Sculpture
Material : Calcaire
Technique : Taille directe
Dimensions (cm) : Largeur : 61.5 Hauteur : 187.5 Profondeur : 45.5
Location : Exhibited
Room : chapelle N.-D de la Pitié
Inventory number : RA 555 A

All of the statues in Jean Tissandier’s chapel at the end of the Convent of the Cordeliers in Toulouse are in polychrome limestone, except the recumbent effigy of the patron, in grey marble from Saint-Béat. They have kept their original colours: mainly white or brown for the tunics (for the Franciscan saints), set off by the red of the accessories (the book of Saint Francis, Saint Paul’s sword belt...). The very natural skin colours are particularly remarkable (Paul and John).Set off by the hair or sometimes beards with extravagant curls, the skin coloursare the perfect complement to the very expressive faces of the holy figures, particularly for the very doleful Franciscan Saints, like Saint Francis here.The elegant silhouettes, draped in fine materials, have the serpentine line characteristic of this period, with lateral pleats falling in particularly virtuoso folds.

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