Painter from Parma (?), 16th century - inv. 1058

Titolo: 
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Numero di Inventario: 
1058
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Motivo attribuzione: 
stylistic analysis
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Painter from Parma, 16th century
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Italy (?)
Parma
Libri correlati: 
Periodo: 
1575
Datazione specifica: 
1580 c.
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
Foreign Artist Room

This small, delightful painting portrays Saint Catherine of Alexandria with a crown, an open book, the martyr’s palm and the spiked wheel, her traditional attribute.
The attribution to this work is still uncertain. The freshness of the brushwork, the elegant mannerist twisting of the torso and the slim elongated hands all bring to mind the artistic sphere of Parma, showing much similarity to the painting of Parmigianino and his followers.
However, it is very difficult to establish the precise name of the artist, and it must not be forgotten that a number of scholars have proposed placing the painting within the international mannerism of the Prague school, where many of the stylistic elements originating in Parma were developed.

D.G.