20 - 21 September 2004
FOLLOWER OF PHILIPPE DE CHAMPAIGNE
SAINT CLARA, WITH HANDS CLASPED ACROSS HER BREAST
oil on canvas, unframed
29 x 31 in. (74 x 79 cm.)
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G. Scharf, A descriptive and historical catalogue of the pictures at Woburn Abbey, London, 1890, p.229, no. 362. (As Philipe de Champaigne).
Clara of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan Order of Nuns, known as the 'Poor Clares' and the Church of Santa Chiara at Assisi is the chief church of her order. She was a contemporary of St Francis and the Emperor Frederic and was canonised in 1256. Her proper attribute is the pix in allusion to the miraculous dispersion of the Saracens.
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