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Sacred conversation : Mother and Child, St Catherine
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16th Century
Born 1480 Italy, Died 1576
Sacred conversation : Mother and Child, St Catherine
[Sacra Conversazione : Madonna con Bambino e i Santi Caterina e Domenico con il donatore]
Oil on canvas
138 x 185 cm  [HxW]
Fondazione Magnani-Rocca, Corte di Mariano

The Virgin, holding the Christ child, and St Catherine are sumptuously clothed in their heavenly space. In stark contrast St Dominic, from Spain, wears the black cloak and white tunic of his order while the donor, thought to be Domenico Balbi, is also sombrely dressed. A light-filled landscape indicates their earthly realm. The five figures dominate the foreground in this work, which Titian painted in his youth.

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