Altarpiece of St. Clare

Altarpiece of St. Clare

Date ca. 1280

Movement Proto-Renaissance

Medium Tempera on panel

Dimensions 9 x 5’6″

Housed at Convent of Santa Chiara, Assisi


Byzantine influence is clearly at work with garment folds outlined in shadows and highlights that disguise her bodily form. Scenes of St. Clare’s life, her devotion to St. Francis and her death frame the outer vignettes; within them, very little attention is placed on spatial reality.