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Catalan School, late 16th or early 17th century

Saint Eulalia and Saint Madrona

Property from a Private Florida Collection

Catalan School, late 16th or early 17th century

Catalan School, late 16th or early 17th century

Saint Eulalia and Saint Madrona

Saint Eulalia and Saint Madrona

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Property from a Private Florida Collection

Catalan School, late 16th or early 17th century

Saint Eulalia and Saint Madrona


a pair, both oil on panel, with decoratively carved reliefs on reverse

the former

painted surface: 38½ by 13 in.; 97.8 by 33 cm.

framed: 42¾ by 17⅜ in.; 108.6 by 44.1 cm.

the latter

painted surface: 38¾ by 12⅜ in.; 98.4 by 31.4 cm.

framed: 42¾ by 16¾in.; 108.6 by 42.5 cm.


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Neither panel has been recently restored. Both panels are set into the framing element, which has carved gilt reliefs on the reverse. The framing elements have hinges on one edge each, suggesting their original format as shutters or doors. Both panels are stable, have a very faint vertical bow, and read well beneath a dulled varnish that is uneven in areas. The surface of each panel is dirty and each shows wear, consistent with use. There are some faint scratches to each surface, as well as scattered small losses here and there, such as in the upper body and arms of Saint Eulelia and in the lower right corner of the other. Inspection under UV reveals scattered small spots of retouching here and there, some strokes to address some of the gouges in the surface of Saint Matrona, and some isolated spots of strengthening and retouching in areas of the costumes and the background, for example along the central left edge of the panel of Saint Eulelia. The panels may benefit from sensitive restoration. Offered in engaged frames with carved decorative gilt embellishments on the reverse.


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These panels were painted by a Catalan artist, likely one active in a workshop in or around Barcelona. The saints depicted, Eulalia and Madrona, were co-patron saints of that city and highly venerated there. Eulalia is shown with a cross, the instrument of her martyrdom, and Saint Madrona is shown with a ship as the protector of sailors. The decoratively carved reverses of each panel, along with the hinges at the edges of both, suggest these panels may have once served as wings to an altarpiece. 


We are grateful to Dr. Antoni José i Pitarch for his invaluable assistance in the cataloguing of this lot.