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The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine

Jacopo Ligozzi
(Verona, 1547‑Florence, 1627)
Florence, late 16th century
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Details

Oil on lapis lazuli laid on slate


In its original pietre dure and ebony frame


15.5 × 10.5 cm (6 ⅛ × 4 ⅛ in.)
22.1 × 17.3 cm (8 ¾ × 6 ¾ in.) with frame

Provenance

Grifé & Escola, Madrid


Cesar Balsa Cruz, Madrid, circa 1960

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The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine - Galerie Kugel
The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine - Galerie Kugel
The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine - Galerie Kugel

The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine

Jacopo Ligozzi
(Verona, 1547‑Florence, 1627)
Florence, late 16th century
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The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine - Galerie Kugel
The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine - Galerie Kugel

This precious painting intended for private devotion can be compared with a portable altar signed and dated 1608 preserved in the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio. The central panel representing the Christ on the mount of olive, although painted on copper, shares the same jewel like quality together with the subtle psychology of the characters. The treatment of the shadow on the angel face and his hand are very close to that of the Saint Catherine. Ligozzi incidentally also painted a small oval sacrifice of Isaac on lapis lazuli set in the tabernacle.

Vasari writes that the technique of painting on stone was originally developed in Rome by Sebastiano del Piombo, a rival of Raphael. The main collectors of such works were the Medici in Florence and the Borghese and Barberini families in Rome.

The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine - Galerie Kugel