St. Francis in the Desert, by Giovanni Bellini

Giovanni Bellini -- St. Francis in the Desert

Giovanni Bellini’s painting “St. Francis in the Desert” (c. 1480) is one of my favorite paintings, and arguably one of the greatest paintings of all time. If you have never seen it in person, you must go to the Frick Collection in New York and behold its brilliance. It recently returned to public display after a stint of conservation and study, which you can read about in this New York Times article, Alone in the Wilderness and the Spotlight. Our fair city of San Francisco, of course, was named after St. Francis.

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