Fra Bartolomeo
The Marriage of St. Catherine of Siena

1511
Oil on wood, 257 x 228 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The image here follows the iconography of St. Catherine of Alexandria's marriage to Jesus by portraying the latter as a child. In a much earlier painting of the same subject, however, Jesus is seen as an adult. (In both paintings, as in Raymond of Capua's Life of St. Catherine of Siena, Jesus is presented to Catherine by the Virgin Mary.)

The painting was executed for the Convent of San Marco in Florence. The saints depicted are on the left Catherine, Peter, Lawrence, Stephen, on the right Francis, Dominic, Bartholomew and two Martyrs.

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Source: Web Gallery of Art