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Andrea Vanni

(Siena, Italy, c. 1332 - October 2, 1413, Siena, Italy)

Saint Clare, c. 1360-1400
Tempera on panel
56 1/2 in. x 19 1/4 in. (143.51 cm. x 48.9 cm.)

Creation Place: Europe, Italian
Technique: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961
Accession Number: P61.1.12

Commentary
Saint Clare is depicted here in the veil and heavy robe that are the habit of her religious order. She is shown standing against a gold background, her right hand extended in a gesture of blessing toward the earthenware jug at her feet. Saint Clare was born into a noble family in Assisi. As a young woman, she heard the preaching of Saint Francis and chose to follow him, renouncing her life of privilege. She founded the Order of Poor Clares and lived a life of poverty, focusing her energies on service and personal contemplation.

Provenance
Spina Collection, Rome
Kress Collection (K1007), 1939
National Gallery of Art, 1939-?
Gift of Kress Foundation, 1961

Attribution
Attributed to Andrea Vanni by Longhi, ...ins, A. Venturi, Suida, Fiocco, van Marle and Berenson.
Dated c. 1360-70 by Longhi.
c. 1380-90 in Preliminary Catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1941.

Related Objects
A box of Xrays of the Kress Collection is on Shelf G in the Vault (6/5/2018).

Bibliography
Sarah Allen and Julia Patzelt, Beyond Appearance: Constructing Likeness (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2003), 17 and 19 (illustrated/ color).

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