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Saint Catherine of Siena

Sano di Pietro (AKA Ansano di Pietro de Mencio), Italian, (1405–1481)
Previously attributed to Alessandro Turchi (AKA "l'Orbetto"), Italian (Veronese), (1582–January 22, 1648)

Creation date: ca. 1450-1460
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. R. M. Loeser and commemorating the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Fine Arts Society
Accession Number: 1950.39
State/Province: Siena
Dimensions: 21 1/8. x 16 1/2 in. x 3 15/16 in. (53.34 cm x 41.91 cm x 10 cm)
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Provenance

Mrs. R. M. Loeser, Coronado, California ( - June 27, 1950)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 27, 1950 - )

Label Copy

Although this panel and the similar panel depicting a bishop saint (1950:106) were separated at some point in their history and came to the Museum from different donors, they are probably parts from a single altarpiece, for they show half-length saints at the same scale, and they include the same pattern of punchwork ornamentation in the haloes. The bishop saint is perhaps to be identified as Saint Sabinus, who like Saint Catherine is one of the patron saints of Siena. They are the work of Sano di Pietro. He was among the most prolific artists in early 15th-century Siena, responsible for illuminated manuscripts as well as devotional panels and altarpieces. Like many of his contemporaries in Siena, he tended to cast his figures in a timeless, almost archaic style, often against richly patterned gold backgrounds.
Last Updated: 8/2/2013

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 182

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 386

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 632

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 58

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance—Central Italian and North Italian Schools Phaidon Publishers Inc.. New York, New York, 1968
Page Number: 378

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