Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Lazzaro Bastianiaround 1460 - 1470

Museo Diocesano Milano

Museo Diocesano Milano


  • Title: Saint Catherine of Alexandria
  • Date: around 1460 - 1470
  • Provenance: Alberto Crespi Collection
  • Physical Dimensions: w28.7 x h32.1 cm
  • Painter: Lazzaro Bastiani
  • Description: The panel, similar to another depicting St. Jerome in the same collection, was most likely part of an altar frontal. The original piece could have been organized with two orders of panels, but it would be extremely difficult to reconstruct now. St. Catherine is shown standing in a loggia with thin columns resting on a parapet. She is wearing a brocade dress and a large cloak, and is found with the wheel and the palm of martyrdom. Behind the saint, there is a landscape on a golden background, with a hill and a tree in the middle of a plain. The painting is characterized by a very precise and vibrant freshness. The archaic gold background blends in well with naturalistic details in the rendering of the landscape that are reminiscent of Bellini. The work dates to the 1460s.
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: © Archivio fotografico Museo Diocesano, Milano
  • External Link: http://www.museodiocesano.it/collections/collezione-crespi/
  • Medium: tempera on wood