The canvas in which there is Saint Clare of Assisi kidnapped by the vision of Saint Francis was created by Giuseppe Nuvolone around 1660 and comes from the convent of Cremona.
The artist depicts an episode that occurred in 1240 according to what is remembered by the Franciscan Sources (FF 3201-3202). The Saracen troops sent by Frederick II were about to enter Assisi and were already at the monastery of San Damiano where Chiara lived with her sisters. At this point Chiara, already in poor health, asked to be brought before the Saracens to face them. His only weapon: the Eucharist kept in a silver and ivory capsule; at his sight the Saracens fled and Assisi was saved. In support of this courageous action, Clare had a vision of St. Francis (who died in 1226).
The composition is bare and severe. The altar, in its pure geometry, is the only perspective form. The saint is kneeling on the steps leading to the table and the image of the beloved Francis takes shape in a light cloud placed on the altar fabric (with her hand she almost touches Clare's veil). It is a supernatural and at the same time intimate dialogue in the affections.
Modulated with anxious sensitivity, the brown, gray and amber shades evoke the cloistered silence and make the spiritual concentration of the apparition tangible. The luminescence of the veil of the saint and the tablecloth on the altar shine on the canvas. The elegant chromatic effects also shine, in the precious goldsmith object, which tradition has made it become a monstrance. It is impossible that Chiara used it to drive out the Saracens since the object was born in the 15th century.
With this work, Giuseppe Nuvolone confirms the close relationships of trust between the Nuvolone family and the Capuchin friars, relationships already widely interwoven by his elder brother Carlo Francesco.