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Attributed to Samacchini, Orazio (Italian painter, 1532-1577), St Catherine and St James of Spain

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Title St Catherine and St James of Spain
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to Samacchini, Orazio (Italian painter, 1532-1577)
Attributed to Sabatini, Lorenzo (Italian painter, born ca. 1520, died 1576)
Previously attributed to Zuccaro, Taddeo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1529-1566)
Date Earliest possibly about 1560
Date Latest possibly about 1575
Description St James of Spain, dressed in his pilgrim cloak and holding his staff with his pilgrim's hat, is portrayed with St. Catherine of Alexandria, recognisable by her attributes. The painting was bought as by Taddeo Zuccaro, but is at present ascribed to the Bolognese painter Orazio Samacchini (1532-1577). However, an attribution to the circle of Samacchini's compatriot, Lorenzo Sabatini (1530-1574) seems more appropriate. Although Sabatini's early works are rooted in the same traditions as Samacchini's, during a stay in Florence working for the Medici court, he developed a Mannerist style indebted to Vasari. In 1566 he returned to Bologna where he worked until 1570 on frescoes for the Malvasia chapel, S Giacomo Maggiore, and on an altarpiece of the Virgin and Child with St Michael with Denys Calvaert, whose influence seems also present in the Glasgow painting.
Current Accession Number 164
Subject religion (St Catherine, St James of Spain)
Measurements 21.4 x 16 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal (copper)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Provenance Bought from John Smith, London, June 1843 (12), as by Zucchero
Publications Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, Introduction by James Eggleton, Glasgow, 1935, p. 351, no. 64 as by Taddeo Zuccaro
Notes Inscription on back 'Originali di Taddeo Zucchero'
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Erma Hermens



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