This rustic wood plaque featuring St. Francis comes from trees grown and harvested in Ohio and is 100% made in the U.S.A. Each wood plaque is made from solid cedar, hewn and joined together by the hands of our Steubenville woodworkers, then digitally printed with hi-tech inks that slowly stain and permeate the wood with a scratch-free work of art.
Because these rustic plaques are made from real, solid wood, each piece may have minor cracks, knots, and other imperfections that add character and authenticity. As unique as human fingerprints, no two plaques are alike.
Smaller sizes of plaques are cut from single boards, while larger sizes are made up of several boards joined together. This beautiful fresco of St. Francis by Cimabue dates from the 13th century and is one of earliest and most beloved images of St. Francis. Handcrafted in Steubenville, Ohio, this moving image of St. Francis is sure to be treasured for generations to come. As a fresco on display in the lower Church of San Francesco in Assisi, Italy, St. Francis is depicted by the artist Cimabue in his simple humility. St. Francis wears his brown sackcloth, holds the book of the rule for the Franciscans, and bears the wounds and lance mark of Christ. He bears all of these things in holiness to serve his Queen and mother: the image shown is actually a small part of a larger image known as Maestra with St. Francis. “Maestra” is a term for “Mary, the Mother of God,” or “Mary, Seat of Wisdom,” depicted as the Virgin enthroned with her Child. In the entire image, the Maestra is the focal point of the picture and is surrounded by Angels attending her and her Child, while St. Francis is off to the side as a humble servant would be. Yet, Francis remains joyful and peaceful in his servitude – for what greater joy is there than to serve the Queen and King of Heaven and earth? May this image remind us of how we are called to be “humble and lowly of heart” (Mt. 11:29) in service to the our Creator. ( RWP-858 )