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Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Workshop of Master of Frankfurt, Flemish, (ca. 1460–1533)

Creation date: ca. 1500-1510
Creation place: Spain

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett
Accession Number: 1930.5
State/Province: Huesca
Dimensions: 27 1/2 in. x 18 3/4 in. (69.85 cm x 47.63 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Emile Pares, Paris ( - 1915)

Cora Timken Burnett, Alpine, New Jersey ( - 1930)

Church of Casbas, Huesca, Spain (ca. 1500 - )

Anderson Galleries, New York, New York (1915 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1930 - )

Label Copy

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, kneeling on the left, and Saint Margaret of Antioch, seated at right reading a breviary (prayer book), are depicted in the guise of princesses. Indeed, as Catherine accepts a gold ring to symbolize her betrothal to Jesus, she becomes part of the heavenly court. As would befit such a ceremony, the holy family and saints are accompanied by musical angels, one with a harp and the other playing a small lute.

Previous Label:

The Master of Frankfurt, whose real name was probably Hendrik van Wueluwe, was among the most important painters in Renaissance Antwerp. He and his extensive workshop produced many altarpieces for churches ranging from Germany to Spain, and well as the Netherlands. This panel was made for the parish church in Huesca, Spain.

The “Master of Frankfurt” is the name assigned by scholars to an artist responsible for a group of paintings stylistically similar to two altarpieces made for the German city of Frankfurt am Main. The artist is perhaps to be identified as Hendrik van Wueluwe, who was active in Antwerp from 1483 until his death there in 1533. Like many of the Netherlandish painting workshops, the Master of Frankfurt’s studio repeatedly drew on a common group of compositions, figures, and motifs. This was a particularly efficient means of production for paintings intended to be exported, as the repetitions would not be recognized when the pictures were scattered among distant cities. The San Diego painting, which comes from a church in Spain, is just such a work, and was one of many Netherlandish altarpieces sent to the Iberian peninsula in the 15th century.
Last Updated: 5/5/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 5/29/1935 - 11/11/1935

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 2/12/1936 - 9/9/1936

Old Master Paintings from California Museums Santa Barbara Museum of Art , 8/1/1951 - 8/30/1951

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

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 106, 107, Figure Number: 107

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 36, Figure Number: 36

Mr. Reginald Poland. Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: xxxvii, xlv, Figure Number: 561

Mr. Reginald Poland. Illustrated Catalogue: Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: xxxvii, xlv, Figure Number: 561

Illustrated Catalogue: Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: 28, no. 561

Illustrated Catalogue of the Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1936
Page Number: 35, no. 418

Illustrated Catalogue of the Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1936
Page Number: 43, Figure Number: 43

Lori J. Walters. The Court of Cultural Diversity: D. S. Brewer. Cambridge, England, 1997
Page Number: 256, 257, 258, Figure Number: 3

Mr. Stephen H. Goddard. The Master of Frankfurt and His Shop Paleis der Academiën. Brussels, Belgium, 1984
Page Number: 84, 85, Figure Number: 16

Mr. Stephen H. Goddard. The Master of Frankfurt and His Shop Paleis der Academiën. Brussels, Belgium, 1984
Page Number: 136 no. 22

William R. Valentiner. The Art Quarterly The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, Michigan, Summer 1945
Page Number: 213, Figure Number: 10

Mr. Stephen H. Goddard. The Art Bulletin College Art Association. New York, New York, September 1985
Page Number: 402 note 3, 417 no. 1

Old Master Paintings from California Museums Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Santa Barbara, California, 1951
Page Number: cat. no. 10

Carolyn Diskant Muir. Saintly Brides and Bridegrooms: The Mystic Marriage in Northern Renaissance Art Harvey Miller Publishers. An Imprint of Brepols Publishers. London/Turnhout, Belgium, 2012
Page Number: 32-34, Figure Number: 20

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