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Attributed to school of Aachen, Hans von (German painter, 1552-1615) , Saint Lucy and an Angel

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Title Saint Lucy and an Angel
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to school of Aachen, Hans von (German painter, 1552-1615)
Previously attributed to Italian (Parmese) School
Date Earliest 1500
Date Latest 1600
Description Raised in a pious family, St Lucy pledged her life to God but, when she refused to marry, was denounced as a Christian to the governor of Sicily. The governor sentenced her to forced prostitution, but when guards went to fetch her, they could not move her. The governor ordered that she be killed but again after torture, including having her eyes torn out, she remained alive. She was finally stabbed to death with a dagger. St Lucy is patron saint of Syracuse. This work was previously attributed to a Parmese painter of the sixteenth century, influenced by Correggio.
Current Accession Number 47280i
Former Accession Number P 63/1973
Subject religion (St Lucy); figure; still life
Measurements 54 x 48 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Notes The curator of the National Gallery, London, Dawson Carr, has suggested Johann or Hans van Aachen as a possible artist for this work. Witt mounts confirm that there is a similarity with the facial features and expressions of his work to the Wellcome painting. The accession card records this work as 'Anonymous work of Parma School, influenced by Correggio'. It also only says 'Existing stock' in the acquisition field. This work is very warped and bowed.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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