The Most Beautiful Painting in the World

Art historian James Elkins writes about Giovanni Bellini's Ecstasy of St. Francis in the Frick Collection. The Bellini painting, Elkins writes, is "the painting that means the most to me."  Elkins' post focuses on images of the painting, details captured from the Google Art Project, rather than written analysis.  He mourns the fact that although the painting was important to him initially the "miracles have drained out of it" wrecked by "the poison well of scholarship."