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Seated female saint
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Seated female saint

Circa 1475-85

Workshop of Hugo van der Goes (ca.1440-1482)

Pen, point of the brush and grey ink, heightened with white bodycolour over preliminary black-chalk underdrawing, on green prepared laid paper

Width: 18.9 cm; Height: 23 cm;

Pen and brown ink, top centre & verso, in an Italian 18th century(?) hand, Sandro scrive che sicuro fia
Pen and brown ink, top centre & verso, in a 19th century hand, Petro Perugino
Graphite, verso, in later hands, 4 / 14

Pen and brown ink, lower right hand corner & recto, 787 (?)

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
The delicate modelling with light and shade matches the exquisite appearance of this virgin saint. Although she lacks an identifying attribute, she was almost certainly conceived as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, shown touching the finger on which the Christ Child placed a ring in the vision she had of their mystic marriage. The figure recurs frequently in early Netherlandish art. Indeed, this drawing is itself a copy of a lost original: faint marks indicate that it was made using a tracing. Beautifully preserved, it seems to have been treasured as a rare collector’s item. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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