Saint Catherine in Prison Converting the Empress Faustina to Christianity, Flanked by Saints Saturnius and Simon

A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white gouache, on blue laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white gouache, on blue laid paper.

Date:

1570/71

Artist:

Federico Zuccaro
Italian, 1540/41–1609

About this artwork

This is an early developed compositional modello for the fresco in the choir of the church of Santa Caterina dei Funari, Rome, datable to 1570/71—a commission that Livio Agresti began (see adjacent drawing) and Federico finished. Ultimately, the fresco was changed from a basamento to an overdoor, as documented by two further studies. Like the Livio Agresti drawing on view nearby, this multilayered work shows Saint Catherine continuing to fight for her cause even while behind bars. The blue paper used as a support, along with the carefully employed washes and gouache, deepens the dank ambience of the saint’s period of incarceration.

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Artist

Federico Zuccaro

Title

Saint Catherine in Prison Converting the Empress Faustina to Christianity, Flanked by Saints Saturnius and Simon

Origin

Italy

Date

1570–1571

Medium

Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with lead white gouache, on blue laid paper

Dimensions

196 x 395 mm (sight)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2014.1147

Extended information about this artwork

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