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

Painter from Parma, 16th century

Saint Catherine of Alexandria
1580 c.
7 x 5 cm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1058

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.