Vision of the Blessed Clare of Rimini

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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.

The National Gallery, London



Vision of the Blessed Clare of Rimini


about 1340


Tempera on wood, transferred from the original support


H 55.9 x W 61 cm

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Bought, 1985

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