Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Cook-Dewitt Center
Location Notes:
CDC; OS; Meditation Garden

St. Francis of Assisi

Artwork
Identifier:
1999.936.1
Artist:
Joyce Sweers
Credit:
Gift of George and Georgiana Breur
Medium:
Concrete
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 72 in Width: 26 in Depth: 21 in
Description:
Concrete life-size sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi dressed in robe.
Historical Context:
St. Francis of Assisi was born in 1181 CE to a wealthy family in Umbria. After a youth spent in frivolous pursuits, St. Francis, on his way to participate in the Crusades, received a vision from God, instructing him to return home and examine his life. After years of prayer and living in poverty, St. Francis founded the Franciscan order, which was endorsed by the pope in 1210 CE. St. Francis died in 1226 CE. Throughout his life, he always had a love and a passion for nature and animals, and is now known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.