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Prints and Drawings
Engraver: Cornelis Galle I, Flemish, 1576–1650
After: Francesco Vanni, Italian, 1564–1610
Publisher: Philip Galle, Flemish, 1537–1612

Saint Catherine of Siena

16th century


platemark: 20 × 15.2 cm (7 7/8 × 6 in.); sheet: 30.8 × 22.6 cm (12 1/8 × 8 7/8 in.)
Everett V. Meeks, B.A. 1901, Fund
This image derives from a composition by Vanni of which there is a painted version in Siena. Catherine, wearing a crown of thorns, leans toward a table on which there is a skull propping up an open book. She embraces a crucifix, which flowers toward the top, so that Christ’s arms are not supported by a crosspiece of wood but by the flower stalks themselves. This is the only composition by Vanni included in this album of 273 prints, all of devotional subjects. An inscription on the first print is dated June 14, 1599, evidence that all the prints in the album existed by that date. The album thus constitutes an extraordinary time capsule of Counter-Reformation imagery at the end of the sixteenth century.
Made in Flanders
By appointment
16th century
Works on Paper - Prints

Sue Welsh Reed and Richard Wallace, Italian Etchers of the Renaissance and Baroque, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1989), 103,104, fig. 48.

John J. Marciari et al., Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2013), 44, 70–72, 149n1, no. 9.

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