This rare 19th century retablo painting on tin is attributed to the 'bulbous head' painter, also known as the dyslexic painter. His unique painterly style is unmistakable.
Santa Rita de Casia, patroness saint of impossible causes, is almost always depicted as she is here, with a spot of blood and a thorn deeply imbedded in her forehead. As the story goes, in the year of 1441, during a sermon on the crown of thorns, Santa Rita prayed so intently that a thorn detached itself from her crucifix and lodged itself in her forehead. Her wound became so offensive that she spent the better part of her life in total isolation.
Various inscriptions along lower edge.
Dimensions: 14 inches x 10 inches.
Condition: in overall excellent, original condition.