domingo, 21 de agosto de 2016
Luc-Olivier Merson (French painter and illustrator) 1846 - 1920
Le Loup d’Agubbio (Wolf of Gubbio), 1878
oil on canvas
88 x 133 cm.
signed and dated: LUC OLIVIER MERSON 1877
Musée des beaux-arts, Lille, France
The wolf of Gubbio was a wolf that, according to the Fioretti di San Francesco, terrorized the city of Gubbio until it was tamed by St. Francis of Assisi acting on behalf of God. The story is one of many in Christian narrative that depict holy persons exerting influence over animals and nature, a motif common to hagiography.