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ID number:  BIRBI-65.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Cavallino, Bernardo (1616-1656)
Title / Object name:  St Catherine of Alexandria
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Naples
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  late 1640s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  71.7 x 59 cm
Provenance:  R. A. Russell, Surbiton, 1907; Christie's Auction House, London, 1907, not sold; Henshaw Skinner Russell; purchased by the Hazlitt Gallery from C. G. Doward, New York, 1965 C.G.Doward, New York, 1965; Hazlitt Gallery, London; purchased by the Barber Institute, December 1965 for £8,000.

Saint Catherine holds the martyr’s palm on top of part of her spiked wheel. She was sentenced to be crushed on the wheel by the Emperor Maxentius because she had condemned the worship of pagan idols. According to legend, the wheel was miraculously destroyed and instead she was beheaded.

Cavallino specialised in painting intimate small-scale images of saints for private collectors. The portrait format emphasises the ordinary human qualities of the Christian heroine.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Italian and the Italianate', Hazlitt Gallery, May 1966 (no.16); 'Painting in Naples from Carravaggio to Giordano', Royal Academy, London, 1982 (no.32)

2 Related People

Cavallino, Bernardo
Hazlitt Gallery

1 Related Publications

Painting in Naples from Caravaggio to Giordano

Royal Academy, London
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