St. Catherine of Alexandria

Metadata

Title

St. Catherine of Alexandria

Description

Round portrait panel painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Her right hand rests on a wheel, referring to her death. She holds the palm of martyrdom in her left hand. According to Hopkinson family tradition, this unsigned, late Renaissance painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria was given to Mrs. Joseph Hopkinson by Joseph Bonaparte prior to his departure from "Point Breeze." It descended to Miss Emily G. Hopkinson from whom the donor acquired it for presentation to the Athenæum. During the early 19th century such "primitive" works were popular with collectors such as Joseph Bonaparte's uncle, Cardinal Fesch, from whom Joseph acquired several of his paintings.

Identifier

1981.03.01

Extent

14.75" H x 15" W, round / oval

Medium

Oil on wood panel

Is Part Of

Bonaparte Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Temporal Coverage

17th - 18th century

Provenance

Gift of Constance A. Jones

Citation

“St. Catherine of Alexandria,” Bonaparte Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Joseph Bonaparte in America, accessed December 10, 2018, https://www.josephbonaparteinamerica.org/items/show/5.