At the age of 39 he entered the Order of Franciscans .
There may be, indeed, a tendency in this exhibition to overinterpret works through the lens of Franciscan patronage and production.
The Franciscans , or Friars Minor, came to York c.1230; their first custodian had been personally associated with Francis of Assisi.
Unlike the other mendicant orders founded in the thirteenth century, the Franciscans were blessed, and burdened, by having a profoundly charismatic founder.
So as one Franciscan priest pointed out to me, there's the sanctity of the stones of the church.
His influence endures to this day and his followers, Franciscans of every walk of life, are often involved in environmental action.
Originally dedicated to Corpus Domini, the unusual design of the choir of the nuns in clausura, allowing visibility of the host during mass, is emphasised here, together with the Angevin dynasty's strong links with Franciscan piety.
This was matched by a spiritual resurgence which we see very much in what was known as ‘the observant reform’ which was a reform of the mendicant orders like the Franciscans and the Dominicans.
On the face of it, this seems an entirely legitimate objection, and even one that might be thought to be in sympathy with Franciscan ideals.
Being a member of the third order of Franciscans , she prays the Rosary and other religious prayers every day.