St. Martin and the Beggar.
 Martini, Simone, 1283-1344

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Title:St. Martin and the Beggar

The beautiful pastel colors of this mural in the Chapel of St. Martin in the lower section of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, provide a visual parallel to the uplifting spiritual moment in which Martin of Tours shares his cloak with a poor man. Tradition holds that from this moment, in which Martin met Christ in the beggar, that Martin lived a life of remarkable commitment to the cause of the poor. He also was a passionate believer in loving one's enemies, once taking a pacifist stand that led to charges of cowardice and eventually to his imprisonment -- "I am a soldier of Christ; I cannot fight."

Artist:Martini, Simone, 1283-1344
Building:San Francesco (Church : Assisi, Italy)

Scripture:Matthew 5:38-48
Luke 6:27-38
Person as Subject:Martin, Bishop of Tours
Lectionary links:AEpip07
General Subject:Poor
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism

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Attribution:Martini, Simone, 1283-1344. St. Martin and the Beggar, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved August 12, 2020]. Original source:
Record Number:54239 Last Updated: 2018-11-27 09:05:10 Record Created: 2009-03-19 10:01:16
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition