Danube School, circa 1520
- Danube School, circa 1520
- Two wings from an altarpiece:
The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine;
The Martyrdom of Saint Barbara
- a pair, both oil on fir panel
- the former: 58 1/4 by 26 3/8 in.; 148 by 67 cm.;
the latter: 58 1/4 b y 25 3/4 in.; 148 by 65.5 cm.
There acquired by the present owner.
A fascinating element appears on the reverse of each panel, for both bear indications that sculptures once decorated their gilded surfaces (fig. 1). Even from the ghostly outlines that remain, one certainly seems to have been St. Francis receiving the stigmata, while the other could be Saint John the Baptist with his arm raised to hold a lamb.
Dendrochronological analysis of the fir panel undertaken by Dr. Peter Klein upholds an early dating for this pair of panels. His report, which is available upon request, suggests an earliest possible creation date of 1502 upwards.