Saint Clare of Assisi Blessing the Bread before Pope Innocent IV Artist: Giovanni di Paolo (Italian, 1403–1482)

ca. 1455

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Tempera on panel


unframed: 8 1/2 × 11 7/8 in. (21.6 × 30.1 cm)

Credit Line

University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves

Accession Number



15th century


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James Jackson Jarves Collection, Florence.

The panel belongs to an altarpiece most likely commissioned for a sanctuary affiliated with a community of Poor Clares in Siena during the fifteenth century: Santa Petronilla, San Lorenzo, Santa Chiara and San Niccolò. Giovanni di Paolo was connected with the church of San Niccolò in 1453 (see Strehlke 1988-1989, p. 204).
  • Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972), 599
  • Mrs. Francis Steegmuller, The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1951), 297
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Object/Work type

religious art

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