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The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.




Giorgio Ghisi (Italian, 1520-1582)
after Francesco Primaticcio (Italian, 1504-1570)

About this artwork

Giorgio Ghisi’s devotional print is influenced by the style of Fontainebleau artists. Ghisi may have known Francesco Primaticcio when they were both working in Mantua, and adapted his sculptural engraving style to the painter’s languid elegance. Primaticcio is not known for religious scenes; the original painting, now lost, would have been an unusual part of his oeuvre. The scene shows the infant Christ putting a ring on the finger of Saint Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century Dominican tertiary nun who received the stigmata as part of her calling to become a bride of Christ.


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Giorgio Ghisi


The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1555–1557


Engraving in black on cream laid paper


Plate/sheet: 32.5 × 25.1 cm (12 13/16 × 9 15/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Dr. William D. Shorey; William and Sara Shorey Fund; Sara R. Shorey Endowment

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