pavement plants

What are the plants at St Francis's feet and where did this imagery come from? It is not just the larger plant imagery in the painting that Bellini describes with extraordinary accuracy but the tiniest of plant forms. Perhaps Bellini and his workshop were able to paint such plants with accuracy because these are the types of plants that grow at street level in Venice? We know Bellini's workshop was based in the San Marina area, what clues can we find in this district in Venice that Bellini may have collected landscape imagery around him and included it in the St Francis painting? Click here to find out more.