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Francis Anachron - PatriArts Gallery

Francis Anachron

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Francis of Assisi

Feast Day: October 4

Patron Saint of Animals, Birds, Environmentalists, Promoter of Peace, Simplicity, and Harmony
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Available in four sizes: 
Approximately 5 ½ x 7 ½ inches, 7¼ x 10 inches, 10 x 13 inches, & 12 x 16 inches

(Please see the Anachrons main page for more details.)

The symbolic imagery:
PAX POTIOR BELLO (Peace is more powerful than war) entwines a dove bearing an olive branch. Francis is sitting at a meal with the Sultan.

Two African women are holding birds: a parrot symbolizing communication and an owl for wisdom. A church, pyramid, 
and castle, desert, sea, trees and flowers symbolize Francis’ world. Camels, dolphins, a wolf and numerous other animals have come together in a “Peaceable Kingdom,” with “Brother Sun” and "Sister Moon" shining from a turbulent sky.

Click here to see the Francis Scroll image.

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In my book, "The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace" (Doubleday, 2009), I suggest that the enduring image of the encounter between Francis and the sultan ought to be the meal I believe they shared before Francis left the sultan's camp. I've never actually seen it in art until I came upon your card on the Web - and it's done so well! Beautiful.

Peace,”

- Paul

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