Betrothal of St. Catherine of Alexandria by Giovanni Battista Bertucci

Betrothal of St. Catherine of Alexandria by Giovanni Battista Bertucci

Gifted to the Museum by Janos Laszlo Pirker in 1836. Exhibited in 1938 in Forli at the exhibition “Melotzo artist Romagna of the Quarto Cento era.” The theme of this painting was very popular in the old painting.

According to legend, in a dream Catherine appeared Mary and baby, who persistently persuaded her to adopt Christianity. Catherine – a learned and notable Alexandrian lady – and did so. Then she was dreamed again of a little Jesus who called her his bride and put a ring on her hand. When she awoke, the saint found a ring on her finger.

Unfortunately, the picture is cut

off, so its composition seems inconsistent: near the slightly moved aside the Madonna stands Saint Catherine, depicted to the waist. This compositional scheme is often repeated among the Romagna artists, where it spread mainly under the influence of the works of Pinturicchio.

Bertucci also often used this compositional solution, the style of his early works was influenced by Umbrian masters. In this work Bertucci is completely independent, but still observes the traditions of Romagna. For example, in the image of architectural elements, the Palmezzano direction continues to be the model for it.

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