St Francis for Protestants

Henk van Os

St Francis for Protestants

Henk van Os

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

20 pages | 31 color plates | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
Cloth $12.99 ISBN: 9789462985025 Will Publish January 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Lorenzo Monaco's striking fifteenth-century portrayal of the stigmatisation of St. Francis was once owned by the art collector Otto Lanz. What prompted Lanz to buy Monaco's painting in the 1920s? Was it simply because he saw it as a beautiful, unique work of art? Or was there something more—could Lanz have been drawn in by the mystical experience that the painting depicts? In this essay, Henk van Os attempts to uncover the motivation for Otto Lanz’s purchase, in the process raising provocative questions about our relationship to religious art in a  more secular era.
 
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