Luca Riva, Bequest to six poor girls, brown-ink on paper, 1624. Archivio di Stato, Milan. (Photo Credit: Archivio di Stato di Milano).
Luca Riva’s munificence and indebtedness to the church can be seen in many drawings that form part of his testament. To support his parish, Luca Riva arranged a donation distributed to six poor girls, willing either to marry or to take religious vows. In this drawing, the young girls are represented in tunics covered by a scapular and cowl, with hoods. They walk single file with some of them holding devotional scapulars. At the bottom of the drawing is Luca Riva’s signature and the amount Riva decided to donate: 600 lire, amounting to 100 per young girl.