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Portrait of a young woman as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Assigned to the school of Raphael in the fidei commissum, the portrait was subsequently attributed to Santi di Tito and, finally, to Brescianino. Like all of the artist’s portraits, the painting is characterised by the idealisation of the facial features – accentuated in this case also by the archaic profile pose – which compensates for his lack of psychological and introspective insight with the tenderness and elegance of his formal rendering. The usual attribute of the saint from Alexandria, the breaking wheel next to the right shoulder of the young woman with an elegant headdress, might indicate that the work was commissioned for a woman with the same name.

Object Details

Medium | oil on panel, cm 39,5 x 28,5

Inventory | 88

Location | Room 10 – Hercules Room

Period | '500

Classification | painting