Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine, Nicholas and Francis

Vincenzo Di Biagio Catena, Early 16th Century

WAG 2769

About this object

Catena was a close follower of the great Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini (active around 1459, died 1516) and this picture contains many details borrowed directly from Bellini's works.

The kneeling figure is the donor who commissioned the painting. His sober dress suggests he was a notary or legal officer, possibly from the Venetian-controlled town of Parenzo (now Porec in Croatia). On the left is probably Catherine of Siena, on the right are St. Nicholas and St. Francis of Assisi.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine (?) Nicholas and Francis
  • Artist(s)
    Vincenzo Di Biagio Catena (Italian, born:1470 or 80, died:1531)
  • Date
    Early 16th Century
  • Materials
    Oil; Panel in poplar
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 72 cm x 110.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Two women on the left, one (Madonna) holds a baby (Jesus), the other (Catherine of Siena) is behind her. They are facing three men on the right, two are standing (St Nicholas and St Francis) while the third kneels before the baby (donor).
  • Related people
    Vincenzo Di Biagio Catena (Artist/maker); Liverpool Royal Institution (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2769
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 02
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1948
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: A seal mainly cracked off, but the crest is 2 hands joined
    Inscription method:
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  • Inscription text: VINCENTIUS CHATENA P
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    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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