The featured image is of St. Francis (1181/2 – 1224)
Unknown artist. German. Woodcut made between 1450 and 1470. Hand-coloured in red lake, green, vermilion, blue, gray and gold.
National Gallery, Washington, DC.
Below is a painting by Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 -1959), British. 1935.
St. Francis with The Birds. Oil on canvas. The Tate, London. He did not explain the positioning of the children.