Celebrating St. Francis
The feast day of St Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment, is celebrated in October. In this interview with artist Eve Parnell, we look back on some of the ways that artists have celebrated and depicted St. Francis over the years. We also look at the connection between him and the current Pope who was the first to chose Francis as his papal name. Eve explains how Francis was very popular in his life-time and how Churches were keen to have frescos and paintings of him. She looks at three artists in particular whose painting of Francis are well known and discusses their universal appeal with Miriam Gormally.