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Mexican Retablo "Santa Rita"
The story of Santa Rita de Casia is quite an interesting one. She was first married to a violent brute against her wishes. Her upright ways eventually turned him to right. When he was killed in a brawl her two sons, depicted here, vowed vengeance and died trying. She joined the Augutinian order where she took up the contemplation of the suffering of Christ. The story holds that one day as she was in prayer, she felt a tremendous pain on her forehead as though one of the thorns from Christ's crown had wounded her. The wound never fully healed and she is portrayed with a thorn in her forehead.
This piece is painted on tin measuring 10" X 14". The condition is good. There is only minor paint loss and apears that there may have been some touch ups done on her robe. There is also some blue paint along the edges of the edges. This piece come to us from the collection of Dr. and Mrs Andrew Babey of New Mexico.
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