118
118
Ventura Salimbeni
ST CLARE REPULSING THE SARACENS FROM ASSISI
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 193,000 USD
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118
Ventura Salimbeni
ST CLARE REPULSING THE SARACENS FROM ASSISI
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 193,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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Ventura Salimbeni
SIENA 1568 - BEFORE 1613
ST CLARE REPULSING THE SARACENS FROM ASSISI
Red chalk and wash;
bears attribution in pen and brown ink: Salimben 
312 by 215 mm
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Catalogue Note

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

Old Master Drawings

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