A beautiful fine and rare oil painted retablo on tin depicting Santa Rita Cassia wearing a nun's habit while gazing and holding a flagella whip in her hand which symbolized her practice of mortifying the flesh.
Santa Rita of Cassia (1381 to 1457) was an Italian widow who became an Augustinian nun, canonized in 1900, and known as the "Patroness of Improbable Causes." She is also the patroness of women who have suffered, abused wives and heartbroken women. She herself became a nun after eighteen years of abusive marriage and the murder of her husband. Saint Rita was born Margherita Lotti in 1381 in the city of Roccaporena, Italy, where various sites connected with her are the focus of pilgrimages. Inscribed at the lower edge, S. Rita de Cassia.
The dark background recalls paintings found in Spain during the 18th century. The retablo dimensions are 7.2" x 10" and framed in a handsome antique carved and gilt-wood frame
13.2ʺW × 16ʺH