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Giovanna Bellini painted St. Francis in the Desert in 1585. An analysis of St. Francis in the Desert, located in New York part of the Frick Collection, will examine its subject, medium, and the content in the following paragraphs.

In the painting of St. Francis in the Desert the subject is- man receives his stigma. The Medium of St. Francis in the Desert is Oil paint on a 4'.5" x 4' 7'' Panel. This was different to Bellini; he usually painted in tempera up to this point in his career. He choose to use oil on this, which had recently been developed in northern Europe.

Important visual elements and formal plans of St. Francis in the Desert are such as the diagonal lines that start at the bottom left of the painting and continuing up the paintings that seem to make two distinctive parallel lines. These lines seem to also make two triangles in the painting.

One of the lines goes up the side of the mountain. This disconnects the rocky mountain from the grassy null. The other diagonal line is that made of the small city lying on a hill in the back ground. The two almost parallel lines seem to show action, perhaps the long slops and hills of the lines show the action of falling.

This painting has a 2-D illusionist volume. The illusion in this painting was made by various shading through out the painting, in the trees, under the rocks and on Frances him self. The illuminating light from above (god) also creates the illusion of depth and volume. The shapes in the painting don't seem to be flat, but texture in them.

St. Francis in the Desert seems to be a restricted palette. Billines' use of the cold colors of, green, grey, brown...