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Franciscan Engravings & Woodcuts


from the Rare Book Collection
The Franciscan Institute
Friedsam Memorial Library
St. Bonaventure University

Francis of Assisi is without a doubt one of the best known saints of the church and certainly one of the most revered.  As the founder of one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church he taught his followers by example rather than just with talk.  It is no wonder then that in printed books we have a rich tradition of woodcuts and engravings depicting his life.  This pictorial tradition falls to a lesser extent on the Franciscan Order that he founded.  This site is designed to present that tradition to as wide an audience as possible.

The images presented here are taken from the Rare Book Collection of the Franciscan Institute and of St. Bonaventure University.  Because of the breadth of this collection, the presentation of these images should be fairly comprehensive in nature.

The primary means of access to these images is arranged either by the book in which they can be found, or by the specific subject matter of the image.  We will also develop a series of indexes by artist, date of manufacture, and country of origin.

This is an ongoing project, so images will be added to the site on a fairly constant basis and other information will be added as further research is done.  If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Paul J. Spaeth
Rare Books Librarian &
Director of the Library
St. Bonaventure University

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COLLECTIONS OF IMAGES FROM SINGLE WORKS

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Vitae

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Catalogues of Franciscan Portraits

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Histories of the Orders

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Illustrations of Franciscan Habits

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Buildings

THEMATIC COLLECTIONS OF IMAGES FROM DIFFERENT WORKS

Franciscan Coat of Arms

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With Coat of Arms

Francis, of Assisi, Saint

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Imitating Christ

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In Garden

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In Prayer, Before Crucifix

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Lateran Basilica, Holding up the

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Rescuing Souls from Purgatory

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Rule, Giving

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Rule, Receiving/ Approval of

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Stigmata, Receiving

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 Stigmata, Receiving in the Wilderness

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 Stigmata, Receiving with Church in Background

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Stigmata, Receiving with Town in Background

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With Angels

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With Animals

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With Crucifix

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With Mary

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With Saints

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With Saints, St. Dominic

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With Sphere or Orba Mundi 

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With Tree/ Vine

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With Wings

Anthony, of Padua (1195-1231)

Clare, of Assisi (1193-1253)

Bonaventure, of Bagnoregio (1217-1274)

Duns Scotus, John (1266-1308)

John, of Capistrano (1385-1456)

Joseph, of Cupertino (1603-1663)

            

ANTI-FRANCISCAN TEXTS AND IMAGES

 

Funding for the scanning equipment used was made possible through an
RBDB (Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing) Grant
administered through the Western New York Library Resources Council.

 

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Page maintained by Chad Taylor, Friedsam Rare Books Department

Scanning technicians:  Hollie Markwood '02, Sarah Macchiano '05 and Sarah Horowitz
Formatting:  Sarah Macchiano '05 and Mary Lou Lettina '03
 

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