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  • St Catherine

    Artist:
    Luini, Bernardino, c. 1480-1532
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    68x59 cm

Luini, Bernardino, c. 1480-1532

St Catherine

Italy, Between 1527 and 1531

Luini was one of the most famous artists of the Milan school of painting, a follower of Leonardo da Vinci. He repeated Leonardo's favourite themes and types, making virtuoso use of sfumato, the soft misty chiaroscuro which seems to surround objects. The colouring of this picture is deep and calm brown and golden tones emphasizing the dense noble crimson colour of the saint?s clothing. At her sides are two small angels holding palm branches, the attributes of martyrdom, and a spiked wheel on which, according to legend, Roman Emperor Maximinus ordered to torture St Catherine for her loyalty to the Christian faith (310).

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St Catherine

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oil

Dimensions:

68x59 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1814; formerly in the collection of Josephine de Beauharnais in the Castle of Malmaison near Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-109

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