St. Francis of Assisi
receives laypeople into his Third Order
by Baldassare Croce, 1602-1603.
Baldassare Croce (1558–1628) was an Italian painter, active during the late-Mannerist period, active mainly in and around Rome.
Known as a prolific academic painter in Rome; he was named director of the Academy of St. Luke. He painted for the Sala Clementina of the Vatican palace, for the Chapel of San Francesco at the Gesù, San Giovanni in Laterano, and San Giacomo degli Spagnoli. He painted six large frescoes along the nave of the church of Santa Susanna, depicting the life of the Susanna from the Old Testament.
- Farquhar, Maria (1855). R.N. Wornum, ed. Biographical catalogue of the principal Italian painters. London: Woodfall & Kinder, Angel Court. p. 53.