The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine

Bernardino LuiniAbout 1520

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The Infant Jesus, seated on a cushion, slips a ring onto the finger of Saint Catherine. The Virgin supports her son, gazing attentively at the event. Through the window we see a landscape with a house with a straw roof.
Painted by Bernardino Luini in about 1520, the painting reveals the influence of Andrea Solario and of Leonardo, particularly in the use of the chiaroscuro.
This is a work of great harmony, one of the first examples of an iconographic theme which Luini painted numerous times in his career. The mystical marriage is a metaphor of Saint Catherine’s spiritual commitment to God.

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  • Title: The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine
  • Creator: Bernardino Luini
  • Date Created: About 1520
  • Physical Dimensions: w60,7x h 68,9 cm
  • Rights: Fondazione artistica Poldi Pezzoli "Onlus"
  • External Link: http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/#!/en/discover/collections/714
  • Medium: Tempera and oil on panel