The Image of St. Francis: Responses to Sainthood in the Thirteenth Century, by Rosalind Brooke. This book discusses the stained-glass windows in the Upper Basilica at Assisi, as part of a wider study of how St Francis presented himself to contemporary audiences as a preacher and aesthetic, and how he was portrayed in images and texts after his death in 1226.
It includes 8 colour plates and 76 black and white images, some of which reproduce the earliest representations of the saint. The CVMA (GB) Picture Archive has an image from the church of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, of St Francis receiving the stigmata.
Cambridge University Press, 2007, xvi plus 524 pages, £75.00 (ISBN-13: 9780521782913 | ISBN-10: 0521782910). For more information, visit the CUP website.
Sankt Peter zu Köln, by Ivo Rauch and Hartmut Scholz. The first in a new series of thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated CVMA (Freiburg) guides to masterpieces of glass-painting in German churches. Although only available in German, the combination of an affordable price and excellent production qualities make this guide – and other forthcoming volumes in the same series – excellent value for money.
Softcover, 80 pages, 59 colour and 20 black and white photographs, published by Schnell & Steiner, 2007, ISBN 978 -3-7954-1959 -2. Price: € 9.90 (approx. £.6.70). To order a copy, email the publisher.
Other Books of Interest
The Art of the Franciscan Order in Italy, edited by William Cook. Those interested in St Francis and the issues raised in the new volume by Rosalind Brooke will also be interested in this collection of essays by English and US scholars.
The volume includes a chapter on the stained glass of the Bardi Chapel in Santa Croce, Florence (illustrated below), by CVMA (USA) Project Committee Member, Nancy Thompson, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, St Olaf College, Northfield, MN, USA.
Brill Academic Publishers, 2005, 298 pages, hardcover (ISBN-10: 9004131671: ISBN-13: 978-9004131675)