Saint Catherine of Siena Receiving the Stigmata

Object Details

Title:

Saint Catherine of Siena Receiving the Stigmata

Artist/Maker(s):

Domenico Beccafumi (Italian, 1484 - 1551)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1513 - 1515

Medium:

Oil and gold leaf on panel

Dimensions:

28.6 x 41.6 cm (11 1/4 x 16 3/8 in.)

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I saw our Lord fastened upon the cross coming down towards me and surrounding me with a marvelous light...Then there came down from the holes of his blessed wounds five bloody beams, which were directed towards the same parts of my body: to my hands, feet, and heart.

This was how, according to legend, Saint Catherine of Siena described receiving the stigmata. In this panel by Domenico Beccafumi, Catherine is shown kneeling in a small chapel while members of her order wonder what is overtaking her, since only she can see the miraculous vision. Another woman sits on the stairs, either asleep or lost in meditation. An altarpiece showing the Nativity is in the background.

Beccafumi effectively told the story with a minimum of detail. He uses a striking pose to demonstrate the ecstasy of the saint: she bends forward as if to meet the tilting crucifix, her arms outstretched to receive the stigmata. The small panel and its companion, The Miraculous Communion of Saint Catherine of Siena, were probably made for the predella of an altarpiece dedicated to Saint Catherine.

Provenance
until 1958

Private Collection [sold, Christie's, London, November 28, 1958, lot 116, to Warren.]

1958 -

Warren

Edward Speelman, Ltd. (London, England)

by 1974

Mr. & Mrs. Fielding Lewis Marshall, American

by 1990 - 1997

Stanley Moss (Riverdale-on-Hudson, New York; New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997.

Exhibitions
Exhibition of the Marshall Collection (December 31, 1973 to January 8, 1974) (Cat. 62)
  • Sotheby's (London), December 31, 1973 to January 8, 1974
Domenico Beccafumi e il suo tempo (June 16 to September 16, 1990) (Cat. 4)
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale (Siena), June 16 to September 16, 1990
Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy (October 31, 2014 to January 25, 2015) (53)
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts, (Nashville), October 31, 2014 to January 25, 2015
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