Jun 17, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 17, 2009

Portrait of a Woman as Saint Catherine

Portrait of a Woman as Saint Catherine

c. 1560

Pier Francesco Foschi

(Italian, 1502–1567)

Oil on wood

Framed: 116 x 93 x 11 cm (45 11/16 x 36 5/8 x 4 5/16 in.); Unframed: 95 x 71.3 cm (37 3/8 x 28 1/16 in.)

Holden Collection 1916.825


Did you know?

The spiked wheel identifies this woman as the Christian martyr Saint Catherine.


How could treatment improve the appearance of this work?

Conservators assess how cleaning might transform a painting. Small rectangular cleaning tests have been made at the sitter’s left wrist and at the top of her shoulder, where the delicate veil meets her gray mantle. These tests show how careful removal of the yellowed varnish would reveal a much more vibrant painting. Treatment would also address retouching that has discolored over time. For example, small orange spots are visible on the woman’s red garment, as are opaque, darkened streaks on her face and in the shadow of her neck.

See also
Type of artwork: 
Oil on wood
Credit line: 
Holden Collection

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