The Betrothal of St. Catherine

ca. 1628

Oil on oakwood
Inv. No. 464

63 × 50 cm

zur  Biographie

Wonderfully free and at the same time meticulously precise, this sketch was executed in connection with the most significant commission completed by Rubens right before his departure for Spain in 1628 on a diplomatic mission: the painting for the high altar of the Augustinian church in Antwerp, now in the collection of the Museum voor Schone Kunsten there. The Frankfurt sketch combined a number of individual studies in an overall composition for the first time, from which, in turn, a sketch now in the Gemäldegalerie of Berlin was developed before the work was finally executed on a large scale. Incidentally, the transfer process is indicated by the marks and digits along the bottom edge.

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