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Allegretto Nuzi and Francescuccio Ghissi, Saints Catherine and Bartholomew

Key facts
Full title Saints Catherine and Bartholomew
Artist Allegretto Nuzi and Francescuccio Ghissi
Artist dates active 1354; died 1373/4; active 1345 - 1374
Date made about 1350
Medium and support Egg tempera on wood
Dimensions 83.2 × 51 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Herbert Charles Coleman, 1949
Inventory number NG5930
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Saints Catherine and Bartholomew
Allegretto Nuzi and Francescuccio Ghissi

Saint Catherine rests her hand on a wheel studded with metal spikes – the instrument on which she was tortured for her Christian faith, according to legend. Saint Bartholomew holds a knife, the symbol of his martyrdom: he was flayed alive.

The panel probably formed the right-hand side of a triptych (a picture with three parts). The saints look to their right, where the central panel – most likely an image of the Virgin and Child – would have been.

The painting has been connected with the workshop of Allegretto Nuzi on the basis of the decoration of the haloes, though the style of painting and the lettering in the inscriptions resemble works by Francesco Ghissi. Saints Catherine and Bartholomew had churches dedicated to them in Nuzi’s hometown of Fabriano, where he returned after leaving Florence in 1348. In Fabriano he collaborated with Ghissi on several works, and it seems likely that this painting was made there.

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