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Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine

c. 1520
Framed: 91 x 34.5 x 5.5 cm (35 13/16 x 13 9/16 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 86.6 x 30 cm (34 1/8 x 11 13/16 in.)


Saint Catherine holds the sword with which she was martyred. This painting and another in the collection (1942.633.2) were originally the wings of an altarpiece flanking a central panel, now lost, that may have depicted the Holy Family. The identity of this artist is unknown, but he is named for a painting in the Chapel of the Holy Blood in Bruges.

Bruges flourished as an international commercial center through the 1400s and early 1500s. Among its residents were many foreign merchants and bankers who, along with the Burgundian court, patronized artists and attracted specialized craftsmen such as furriers, hatters, jewelers, and goldsmiths. Bruges’s artistic production in the 1400s included celebrated artists like Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, Hans Memling, and Gerard David who painted large altarpieces, small panels for private devotion, and portraits. Bruges also remained an important center for the production of illuminated manuscripts.
  • Claude Ashley Charles Ponsonby (1859-1935), London, England
    March 28,1908
    (Sale: Christie's, London, March 28,1908 to Mori)
    James Hamet Dunn (1874-1956), St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
    [Bacri Brothers, Paris, France]
    John L. Severance (1863-1936), Cleveland, OH, gifted to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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  • Primitifs Flamands Anonymes, Groeningemuseum, Bruges (June 14- Sept. 21, 1969).
    Exhibition of the John L. Severance Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (November 12, 1942-March 14, 1943).
    The Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, The Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland, OH (June 26-October 12, 1936).
    Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters, and Deceased Masters of the British School including a Collection of Watercolors and Chalk Drawings, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, England (January 7-March 16, 1907).
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