St. Francis of Assisi occurs in Renaissance art more often than anybody else aside from Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. All Catholic Churches in Italy point east, towards the rising sun. The term “assisi” and/or “ascesi” means “rising up” in the Tuscan dialect. The original term for the rising sun in Latin was “oriente” which is why eastern countries are sometimes referred to as “oriental” nations or “from the orient”. St. Francis of Assisi was quite wealthy but suddenly gave away all his poss...
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