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1. Record Number: 16585
Author(s): Wood, Jeryldene.
Title : Perceptions of Holiness in Thirteenth-Century Italian Painting: Claire of Assisi [The author describes the thirteenth-century historiated dossals (Italian panel paintings that were hung in front of or behind an altar) of Saint Francis and Saint Clare in the church of Santa Chiara in Assisi, Italy. The author argues that the papal codification of sainthood through canonization during the thirteenth century and the hagiographical writings of Thomas of Celano influenced the visual representations of Francis and Clare. The Santa Chiara Dossal at Assisi was the first thirteenth-century painting dedicated to a female monastic; its depiction of Clare as an active and determined woman stands in marked contrast to images of humble and submissive brides of Christ. Title note supplied by Feminae].
Source: Art History , 14., 3 (September 1991):  Pages 301 - 322.
Year of Publication: 1991.