Dante Gabriel Rossetti
St Catherine 1857

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St Catherine
Date 1857
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 345 x 250 x 15 mm
frame: 518 x 422 x 42 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs Emily Toms in memory of her father, Joseph Kershaw 1931
Not on display

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This painting shows a medieval artist in his studio painting a model posing as St Catherine. She holds a palm branch which symbolises her martyrdom and a wheel, the instrument of torture on which she was killed. The picture’s brilliant colour and claustrophobic space are reminiscent of medieval manuscripts and stained-glass windows.During the 1850s Rossetti focused on producing watercolours which he sold privately to individual collectors. This picture is the only oil painting he completed at this time.

July 2007

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