The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine and other studies

Paolo Veronesecirca 1568 - 1569

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Veronese made these studies on the back of a letter dated 11 August 1568, sent to him by one Francesco Sadinello from Castelfranco. The letter can be seen in reverse through the paper. Veronese experimented with the composition and the figures, covering the whole page. He worked all these elements into a painting that is now in the Royal Museums in Brussels.

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  • Title: The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine and other studies
  • Date Created: circa 1568 - 1569
  • Theme: Christianity-New Testament
  • Physical Dimensions: w199 x h306 mm
  • Draughtsman: Paolo Veronese
  • Artist Information: Paolo Veronese was specialised in large biblical, allegorical and historical scenes. Veronese's choice of subject allowed him to fill his paintings with countless figures and animals. The freedom he allowed himself sometimes got him into difficulty. One work, which was known as the Last Supper, contained, according to the church court, too many examples of daily life for such a subject. After an interrogation, Veronese decided to change the subject of the work to the Meal in the house of Levi.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Lent by Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 ( Koenigs Collection), http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Pen and brown, brown wash