Saint Catherine Disputing with the Philosophers

A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over black chalk, on cream laid paper, pieced.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over black chalk, on cream laid paper, pieced.

Date:

1562/63

Artist:

Livio Agresti
Italian, 1508–1579

About this artwork

This highly finished sheet is a compositional proposal, or modello, for the high altar of Santa Caterina dei Funari in Rome. Commissioned by Cardinal Federico Cesi for the left wall of the sanctuary, the painting was begun by Agresti in 1562/63 but finished by Federico Zuccaro in 1571/72. The subject is a conflation of two scenes taken from the Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine. Above, Catherine asserts the tenets of Christianity before the Emperor Maxentius and 50 pagan orators assembled to argue against her; below, she is attended by an angel after the orators were converted and Maxentius had her imprisoned as punishment.

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Artist

Livio Agresti

Title

Saint Catherine Disputing with the Philosophers

Origin

Italy

Date

1562–1563

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with white gouache, over black chalk, on cream laid paper, pieced

Dimensions

505 x 395 mm (sight)

Credit Line

Gift of John A. Bross in memory of Louise Smith Bross

Reference Number

2014.1140

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