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European Art
Artist: Giovanni di Paolo, Italian, Siena, 1398–1482

Saint Clare of Assisi Blessing the Bread before Pope Innocent IV

ca. 1455

Tempera on panel

unframed: 21.6 × 30.1 cm (8 1/2 × 11 7/8 in.)
University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves
Made in Siena, Italy
On view
Italian, Siena
15th century

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).


Mrs. Francis Steegmuller, The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1951), 297.

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.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.