Flemish South Netherlands Engraved Ivory Panel of the Ascension of the Virgin, St Francis of Assisi and St Roch

A Flemish South Netherlands Engraved Ivory Panel of the Ascension of the Virgin, St Francis of Assisi and St Roch, accompanied by his dog kneeling beside a Mediterranean seascape
Probably from a casket or small table cabinet mounted in a carved ebony cushion frame
Early 17th Century
Size: 13.5cm high, 8.5cm wide – 5¼ ins high, 3¼ ins wide
26.5cm high, 21.5cm wide – 10½ ins high, 8½ ins wide
It would be hard to overestimate the role of St Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), and of the religious order he founded, in developing a spirituality which promoted a sympathetic and emotional bond with the Saviour and especially with the Christ Child. The relationship between God and man was thought of in a new way and Christ himself was being perceived in a different light. No longer was he principally the infant ruler; he was a vulnerable child who required the care and protection of human beings. The Franciscan teachings of the 13th and 14th centuries placed great emphasis on the human nature of Christ and the physical pain he endured during the Passion. The Christ of the Franciscans was more approachable, more sympathetic and easier to identify with.

Flemish South Netherlands Engraved Ivory Panel of the Ascension of the Virgin, St Francis of Assisi and St Roch

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