The Miraculous Communion of Saint Catherine of Siena

Object Details

Title:

The Miraculous Communion of Saint Catherine of Siena

Artist/Maker(s):

Domenico Beccafumi (Italian, 1484 - 1551)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1513 - 1515

Medium:

Oil and gold leaf on panel

Dimensions:

28.9 x 41.3 cm (11 3/8 x 16 1/4 in.)

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This small panel depicts an episode from the life of the Dominican tertiary and mystic, Saint Catherine of Siena. Upon arriving at church late one day because of her difficulty walking, Saint Catherine was dissuaded by her companions from taking communion because they knew her ensuing ecstasy would last for several hours. She concurred but prayed for God's help in receiving the Eucharist. Miraculously, an angel took a piece of the consecrated host and gave it to the saint. Celebrating Mass at a side altar, her confessor looked around with concern for the missing piece of the host. Neither he nor the others could see the miracle, so their expressions reflect bewilderment.

This panel and its companion, Saint Catherine of Siena Receiving the Stigmata, were probably made for the predella of an altarpiece dedicated to the saint.

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
Bibliography

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 7, ill.