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Baker & Taylor Artwork and narration share stories of St. Francis' life, including renouncing his material possessions, cutting St. Clare's hair, and receiving the stigmata
Blackwell North Amer Many artists - literary as well as visual - have considered the life of Francis of Assisi, but none until now has presented Francis himself from a first-person perspective. Prompted by the question of what it would have been like to be Francis, artist Kathleen Fruge-Brown chose seven scenes from Francis's life, including giving alms to a leper, renouncing material possessions, cutting Clare's hair, building a snow-family, receiving the stigmata, composing "The Canticle of the Sun," and dying. A common viewpoint unites the seven images: in each the viewer sees the scene as if through Francis's eyes. The accompanying text - one chapter per image - is also from a first-person perspective, with a voice that reveals as much about the man as do the stories he tells.