In a prior post on Saint Rita, I chose a detail of this image of the Virgin and Child (Rita is second from the left, in her nun’s white wimple and veil.)
This work was painted by Pier Paolo Agabiti around 1500, only fifty
years after Rita’s death, and is still kept in her beloved convent of
Cascia. It may be the closest we have to a portrait of the saint. I
hated to crop it then, but I knew that if I had not done it, Rita, always
discreet and humble, would not have stood out.
Now this Easter post gives me the opportunity to display the painting in its entirety. Is it not beautiful?