London, South Kensington
5 July 2000
Follower of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian
Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a white dress with a red cloak, holding a martyr's palm
oil on canvas
24¾ x 24¾ in. (62.8 x 62.8 cm.)
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B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, Venetian Schools, London, 1957, p.54.
R.Pallucchioni and F.Rossi, Giovanni Cariani, Milan, 1983, pp.350-1, no.V 30, illustrated.
The present picture is regarded by Palluchini and Rossi as the work of a follower of Palma Vecchio possibly working after 1530 and influenced also by Titian. They tentatively suggest that the subject is Saint Catherine of Alexandria
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