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The Mystical Betrothal of Saint Catherine
Anonymous
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The Mystical Betrothal of Saint Catherine

Ca. 1600. Oil on panel.
On display elsewhere

The six figures that make up the scene of this small canvas are organised across a widely elongated foreground. The figures are arranged as follows (left to right): Saint Elizabeth with Saint John the Baptist as a Boy; Saint Catherine, who occupies the centre-left; whereas the right position is reserved for Mary with Jesus in her arms, who puts the mystical betrothal ring to the saint. The last figure on our right is a woman holding a basket of what seem to be eggs, an object with vast connotations within religious symbolism. Late mannerism characterises this composition both in the use of colour and in the treatment of the hands. The compositional line that starts from the head of the saint, passes through her arm, and ascends to Mary’s head provides the iconographic key to the story: the soft curve that unites the two figures culminates in the union of their hands when Jesus offers the ring of the mystic betrothal to the saint. Thick and pasty brushstrokes achieve strong effects such as a contrast between the reddish tunic and the pale veil of Mary. The prominent figures are situated almost in the centre of the scene but somewhat displaced to our left. They are flanked by the lateral figures yet are skilfully separated from them by the strategically placed box in the back window.

Perez, J., El Siglo de Fray Luis de Leon.Salamanca y el Renacimiento, Salamanca, Ministerio de Cultura.Caja de Sal, 1991

Technical data

Inventory number
P000565
Author
Anonymous
Title
The Mystical Betrothal of Saint Catherine
Date
Ca. 1600
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
Height: 39 cm; Width: 53 cm
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Salamanca. ''Casa de la Tierra'', Cámara Oficial de Comercio, Boletín del Museo del Prado, V (14), 1984, pp. 131.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº 386.

Perez, J., El Siglo de Fray Luis de Leon.Salamanca y el Renacimiento, Ministerio de Cultura.Caja de Sal, Salamanca, 1991.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 386.
Escuela Italiana. / 386. Los desposorios de Santa Catalina de Alejandria. (tabla) / Alto 1 pie, 4 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 1 pie, 11 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 386.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 608.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1972. Núm. 565.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 565.

Inscriptions +

[¿36?]
Inscribed in orange. Front, lower left corner

386.
Inscribed. Front, lower left corner

565 [dispuesta previamente en el anverso del marco, en el larguero superior]
Inscribed in white. Frame, back, upper bar

Nº 608
Inscribed. Back, Upper left area

Nº INV / 273
Inscribed. Frame, back, right side bar

Ynfante 46 [inscripción dispuesta al revés]
Inscribed. Frame, back, lower bar

[¿Lucinta?]
Inscribed. Back, Upper central area

29
Inscribed in red color. Back, Upper right area

31
Inscribed. Back, Upper left area

31
Inscribed. Back, Upper right area

Dº Ytº
Inscribed. Back, Upper left area

Nº 151 / [D]esposorios de Sta / Catalina [parcialmente perdida]
Inscribed in golden colour. Back, Upper right area

R
Inscribed in white. Back, central area

URBANO, S.A. Departamento de Arte / Exposición: EL SIGLO DE FRAY LUIS / Lugar: UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA / Autor:
Título: DESPOSORIOS DE STA. CATALINA / Medidas: / Propietario: MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO / Fecha: Obra nº: 36
Inscribed in golden colour. Back, right side

Vistos [dispuesto lateralmente]
Inscribed in white. Back, left side

Exhibitions +

El siglo de Fray Luis de León, Salamanca y el Renacimiento
Salamanca
30.10.1991 - 31.01.1992

Location +

Roommanca - Museo de Roommanca (Deposit)

Update date: 28-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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