This very beautiful and finished drawing cannot be related to a surviving painting. A connected sheet of black chalk studies is, however, in the Louvre (fig. 1): it shows St. Clare with her two companions and the fallen soldier in the left foreground. P.A. Riedl dates the Paris drawing after 1600.1
St. Clare never left her convent at Assisi. Twice it was beseiged by the army of Emperor Frederick II, which included Saracen soldiers. St. Clare, although ill, was taken to the ramparts; armed only with a monstrance, she put the soldiers to flight.
1. F. Viatte, Musée du Louvre....Dessins Toscans XVI-XVIII Siècles, Paris 1988, p. 203, no. 401, reproduced
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