If birds could give us a sermon, what would they say?
Ever since viewing Giotto's "St. Francis' Sermon To The Birds" (reproduced on the altar in this painting) years ago, I have wanted to create a painting roughly based on that idea, but instead painted from the birds' viewpoint. I have often wondered, if birds were to give us a sermon, what would they say? And how would they say it? Given the recent oil spill tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, it isn't hard to imagine what they would say to us. If birds could swear, I'm sure we would get an earful.
The plaque underneath the altar reads "San Francesco, San Di Patrono Degli Animali" (St. Francis, Patron Saint of the Animals).