Title: Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine, Nicholas and Francis
Date: early 16th century
Artist: Vincenzo Di Biagio Catena
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Materials: Oil; Panel in poplar
Information: 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.
Accession no: WAG 2769
Credit line: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948
Location: Walker Art Gallery, on display