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St Catherine, seen from the back in three-quarter view, in top left, after Bonifazio Veronese; a richly dressed woman, seen in half-length and three-quarter view, in top centre; a young man with a headscarf; seen in half-length and three-quarter view, in top left; an elderly bearded man in a hat and a cloak, seen full-length in profile to the left, in bottom left; a group of three men dressed in hats and cloaks, two of them conversing, in bottom right; leaf from the Italian Sketchbook (containing 121 leaves)
Pen and brown ink with brown wash
Verso: Virgin and Child, at top; Rest on the Flight into Egypt, at bottom; after a lost painting by Titian formerly in Casa Pietro Assonica, Padua
Pen and brown ink, over red chalk
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Height: 199 millimetres
Width: 154 millimetres (sight measurement)
- Curator's comments
- See Curatorial comment for BM 1957-12-14-207.1.
The figure of St Catherine on the recto is after a painting of the Holy Family (cropped) by Bonifazio Veronese now in the Prague Castle.
G. Adriani proposed that the Virgin and Child at the top of the verso is after a lost drawing by Titian. The sketch at the bottom of verso is after Titian's painting 'Rest on the Flight into Egypt'. Wethey suggests that Van Dyck would have seen the it in the Casa Pietro Assonica in Padua, where both Vasari and Ridolfi recorded it (Vasari, 1568; Ridolfi, 1648, I, 194). Nuevos Museos in El Escorial owns a closely related painting by Titian and his workshop; H.E. Wethey, 'The Paintings of Titian, I, The Religious Paintings', London, 1969, no.91. Also see Martin Rota's engraving after Titian, X,1.31.
Literature: David Jaffé, 'New thoughts on Van Dyck's Italian sketchbook', in Burlington Magazine 143 (2001), p.617 (on Veronese's Holy Family); H.E. Wethey, 'The Paintings of Titian, I, The Religious Paintings', London, 1969, pp.125-26.
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- See Acquisition history in BM 1957-12-14-207.1 for further details of provenance.
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