"It seems likely that this picture is not, as was once thought, an Assumption of the Virgin: the town in the background is probably Spoleto, near Saint Rita’s birthplace. After an unhappy marriage she applied to join an Augustinian convent at Cascia near Spoleto. Rejected at first, she was miraculously carried though the air into the convent, which then accepted her. She was beatified in 1627. Her usual attributes are a white veil and a thorn in the forehead which may have been rubbed off the picture.
This is a rare example of an identifiable landscape by Poussin.