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Francesco da Rimini, The Vision of the Blessed Clare of Rimini

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Full title The Vision of the Blessed Clare of Rimini
Artist Francesco da Rimini
Artist dates documented 1333; died 1348
Date made probably about 1333-40
Medium and support Egg tempera on wood, transferred from the original support
Dimensions 55 × 60 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1985
Inventory number NG6503
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Vision of the Blessed Clare of Rimini
Francesco da Rimini

This painting shows Clare, a holy woman who lived in Rimini from the late thirteenth to early fourteenth centuries. According to her biography she had a vision of Christ enthroned and surrounded by the apostles and John the Baptist. Christ – the largest figure in this scene – showed her the wound on his side where he was pierced by a spear at his crucifixion. Saint John the Evangelist – shown here in pink robes – gave her a book inscribed with Christ’s words recorded in the Gospel of John: ‘My peace I give you my peace I leave you’ (John 14: 27).

An almost identical picture (now in the Musée Fesch, Ajaccio, Corsica) is part of an altarpiece that includes two other panels. It was made for the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rimini where Clare founded a convent. Our picture was probably also part of an altarpiece and made for the same church.

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