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The Church of S. Francesco in Cannara


[image ALT: zzz. It is the façade of the church of S. Francesco of Cannara, Umbria (central Italy).]
		
[image ALT: zzz. It is the door of the church of S. Francesco of Cannara, Umbria (central Italy).]

[image ALT: A square stone plaque with an inscription, given on this page. It is a detail of the façade of the church of S. Francesco in Cannara, Umbria (central Italy).]

Domino Francisco
poenitentivm
ordinis hoc in op-
-pido secvlarivm
privsquam alibi insti-
-tvtori sacrvm

Sacred to Master Francis, who instituted the order of secular penitents in this town before doing so anywhere else.

This 16c inscription over the main door, rather emphatically recording local tradition, is the best source we have for Cannara's claim to Francis founding the Third Order here; early documents say nothing of the matter. Oddly also, the tradition in Cannara is that the site in which the saint instituted the order is not this church, but the once similarly-named church of the Stigmata of St. Francis, now the church of the Good Death, q.v.

The church of S. Francesco is said to house a good painting by Nicolò Alunno, a Madonna with SS. John the Baptist and Sebastian, dated 1482. Although this is the only one of Cannara's churches I've ever found open on any of my four passes thru town over the years, somehow I failed to see it. Instead:


[image ALT: zzz. It is a painting in the church of S. Francesco of Cannara, Umbria (central Italy).]
		
[image ALT: zzz. It is a detail of a painting in the church of S. Francesco of Cannara, Umbria (central Italy).]

A 17c painting, oil on canvas: Madonna and Child with Donors? surrounded by small portraits of Franciscan saints, among which the detail on the right.


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