The Madonna and Child with Saints

It alludes to the martyrdom of the two saints. Saint Catherine was tortured on a wheel, and beheaded. Hippolytus, the gaoler of Saint Lawrence (who converted him), was dragged by wild horses.

The work is said to have been commissioned by Canon Conte Tomaso Caprioli, but was probably painted after his death in 1538.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1498 - 1554
Full title
The Virgin with the Infant Christ, seated upon Clouds above Saint Hippolytus and Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Date made
about 1540
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
235 x 142.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Francis Palgrave, 1884
Inventory number
Location in Gallery