St. Francis of Assisi (1181/2 – 1226) Receiving the Stigmata;
Jan Van Eyck (1395-1441); Netherlandish; painted 1430-32. Oil on vellum on wood panel.
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, after Jan Van Eyck; Peter Paone; American (born 1936); etching; 1991; Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia.
And my view is that we are fortunate to know this luminous artistic tradition and that other tradition which originated in the West – Les Lumieres – equally luminous – which has allowed us, beyond the reach of any orthodoxy, to choose what we believe and how we will try to live.