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This altarpiece was probably made for the high altar of a Franciscan church dedicated to the celebrated preacher Saint Bernardino of Siena (1380–1444). He is shown in the centre holding the sign of the name of Jesus (IHS) and a related text from the Gospel of John.
The Virgin turns to Saint Clare (1194–1253), who founded the female branch of the Franciscan Order, the Poor Clares. The infant Christ places a ring on Saint Catherine of Alexandria’s finger, alluding to the legend that she had a ‘mystic marriage’ with Christ.
Oil on canvas
H 358 x W 233 cm