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ID number:  BIRBI-52.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Studio of Zurbarán, Francisco de (1598-1664)
Title / Object name:  St Marina
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Spanish
Date made:  the 1630s/ 50s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  160 x 107 cm unframed; 194.3 x 137.2 x 5.5cm framed
Provenance:  Possibly Standish Collection; Louis-Philippe of France until 1853; Philippe sale, 20 May 1853; Viscountess Northcliffe sale, 20 April 1923, purchased by F. Sabin; anon. sale 10 May 1935 (lot 18); later purchased by Martin B. Asscher; Purchased from Martin B. Asscher in 1952 for £2,400.

Saint Marina, also known as Margaret, was martyred at the beginning of the fourth century. She is shown as a shepherdess with a crook and saddlebag (alforjas) since she is said to have guarded her nurse’s sheep, but in this case not with the dragon which, according to legend, she killed.
Most of Zurbaran’s female saints were commissioned as parts of large series. They were very popular and were repeated both by the artist and by his workshop in Seville. This example is solely the work of his assistants.

Inscriptions / Translations:  inscribed u.r.: STA. MARINA

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Zurbarán, Francisco de
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