The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine
The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine

Attributed to LUDOVICO CARDI Also known as CIGOLI (1559-1613)

The mystical marriage of Saint Catherine

c. 1610 Italy

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Ludovico Cardi, called Cigoli
(Cigoli San Miniato 1559 - Rome 1613),
attributed

Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine of Alexandria in the presence of San Sebastian

early seventeenth century (1609-1613)
oil on canvas

Provenance: private Collection

(cm) 103 x 97
with frame 130 x 125

The proposed painting is taken from the homonymous work of Antonio Allegri (Correggio 1489 circa - 1534), conserved in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Painted in 1527 for the physician Francesco Grillenzoni of Modena, the canvas achieved exceptional success and fame, since the sixteenth century.

For this reason, the work fascinated many artists, who wanted to pay tribute, often to satisfy the demands of the most famous art collectors of the time, who wanted to own their own copy.

Among the most famous names: Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Annibale Carracci, and Ludovico Cardi, called 'Cigoli', who replied in several versions, the most famous is now preserved in the Civic Museum of Pistoia (see photo in detail).

A scrupulous stylistic and comparative analysis of our canvas, (datable in the early seventeenth century), has confirmed the attribution to Ludovico Cigoli. This attribution can be confirmed by the remarkable findings with the last phase of his pictorial careers, coinciding with his transfer to Rome, where he remained until his death.

COMPOSITION:
The work follows a carefully studied scheme of great refinement: the fulcrum of the painting is represented by the three hands of the Virgin, the Child and the very young Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The scene depicts the moment when the Child Jesus marries Saint Catherine with a ring, a symbol of the Faith. All eyes converge towards this narrative and emotional fulcrum, including that of Saint Sebastian, recognizable thanks to the arrows he holds in his hand and alluding to his martyrdom. In the background on the right we can see the scene of the martyrdom of the saint.
Santa Caterina wears an elegant brocade silk mantle from which emerges the hilt of a preciously decorated sword.

STATE OF CONSERVATION
The canvas, in an excellent state of conservation, is accompanied by a frame of the period in black box with golden racemes.
Dimensions
Height 103.00 cm (40.55 inches)
Width 97.00 cm (38.19 inches)
External Height 130.00 cm (51.18 inches)
External Width 125.00 cm (49.21 inches)
Medium
oil on canvas
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