Italy, Rome, Tor de' Specchi: Oblates harvesting grapes
Original Country
Lazio (Latium)
Antoniazzo Romano and workshop
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attributed creator
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Italy, Rome, Tor de' Specchi: Oblates harvesting grapes

One of 27 frescoes depicting the life, miracles and visions of NULL. This scene depicts Santa Francesca's "miracle of the grapes." In January of 1439, while she collected firewood, her oblates noticed that a grapevine outside their convent's door which had been pruned back to produce wine for the oblates, was now growing nine mature clusters of grapes on a new shoot of the vine.

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Original Location

Tor de' Specchi

Historical Context

This is part of a series of 27 frescoes lining the fifteenth-century Cappella Vecchia (Old Chapel) of the Tor de'Specchi (Tower of Mirrors) convent that depict the life, miracles and visions of Santa Francesca Romana. Nicknamed Ceccolella, Santa Francesca Romana (Francesca Bussa de' Ponziani, 1384-1440) founded this Benedictine Order of oblates while a wife and mother of six children. She was the daughter of Paul and Jacobella Bussa and married Roman nobleman Lorenzo de Ponziani at the age of thirteen. She established the convent in 1425 in an old house called the Tor de'Specchi at the foot of the Capitol. The Order was formally founded in 1433 under the guidance of the Olivetan monks of Santa Maria Nova (later called Santa Francesca Romana). Santa Francesca Romana entered the house herself in 1436 after her husband died and lived there until she died in 1440. She was canonized in 1608.

Descriptive Notes

The Tor de' Specchi is at the foot of the Campidoglio, on the modern via del Teatro di Marcello, in Rome, Italy.

Current Repository

Tor de' Specchi,Rome, Italy

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