Property from an Italian Private Collection
The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
oil on canvas
unframed: 91.2 x 75 cm.; 35 7/8 x 29 1/2 in.
framed: 92.5 x 76.1 cm.; 36 3/8 x 30 in.
The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is relatively dirty with a slightly discoloured and uneven varnish. There is slight frame abrasion with associated retouching along all four margins. The blue pigment of the Madonna's robe and the darks of the background have slightly worn. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouching and reveals further fine lines scattered in the flesh tones of the figures, with a few more concentrated bands such as in the Christ child's shoulder. There is also a band of horizontal retouching to a repaired tear or scratch in the Madonna's shoulder approx. 10 cm. long, and further small spots of retouching in the background. In overall good condition.
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Rutilio Manetti received his early training in Siena under Francesco Vanni and Ventura Salimbeni. Despite his style changing considerably during his career, he never fully abandoned the fleshy facial types with delicate features and the busy compositions that typify Sienese mannerism. He was greatly admired in Siena in his own day and in circa 1605-10 was appointed head planner to the Sienese Pictorial Council. Although Manetti is not documented in Rome, it is generally assumed that he spent time there due to his shift in the 1620s towards the naturalism and chiaroscuro exemplified by Caravaggio and his followers, as seen in the present painting.