The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine, after Antonio Allegri, Il Correggio (1489-1534).

Oil on canvas, 28cm by 24cm.

The painting may be one mentioned in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, or Deed of Gift.

This is an inventory recording a major bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

Under the heading ‘Oyle Colour pictures’ it lists:…’A picture of the Marriage of our Saviour and Saint Katherine in a Guilt fframe – by Caradgio.’

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: ‘The picture room…the marriage of St Catherine by Corragio.’

Corregio was the foremost painter of the Parma School of the Italian High Renaissance, noted for his illusionistic perspective, dramatic foreshortening and his mastery of chiaroscuro.


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