Saint Catherine of Siena

A work made of tempera and oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of tempera and oil on panel.

Date:

1510/15

Artist:

Lo Spagna (Giovanni di Pietro)
Italian, active 1504–28

About this artwork

A gifted follower of Perugino, Lo Spagna expanded on the master’s calm style in numerous works made for Perugia and the surrounding region of Umbria. This panel represents Catherine Benincasa of Siena (1347–1380), who was one of the major religious figures and most influential women of the late Middle Ages. Affiliated with the Dominican order, she was renowned for her devotion to the poor and sick, as well as for her mystical visions. In one such vision, she saw herself marked with Christ’s wounds from his crucifixion, known as the stigmata. These marks are faintly visible on the backs of her hands in the present work and serve to identify her.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 205

Artist

Spagna, Lo

Title

Saint Catherine of Siena

Origin

Italy

Date

1510–1515

Medium

Tempera and oil on panel

Dimensions

107.8 × 50.3 cm (42 1/2 × 19 3/4 in.) Painted surface: 103.8 × 49 cm (40 7/8 × 19 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1937.1008

Extended information about this artwork

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