Saint Omobuono, the "good man", was a wealthy merchant from Cremona who used his prosperity to help the poor in the city. According to a legend he gave all his food and drink to a beggar on a journey and when he refilled his flask in the river, the water miraculously changed to wine. He was canonized two years after his death in 1197.
Cremona was under Spanish rule in the sixteenth century which may explain why a Spanish artist has painted the town's patron saint.
Both supports are composed of two horizontal panels. These panel joins are visible on the painted surface. The paint surface has suffered some abrasion. Inspection under UV light reveals fairly extensive retouchings to both works. The panel with Saint Catherine has a horizontal crack of approx 20 cm running from the upper left edge and a smaller horizontal crack of approx 10 cm lower right. Offered in later carved and gilded tabernacle frames in fair condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."