MASTERS, unknown Italian painters: Frescoes in Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)
(1420s)

The church of Santa Caterina in Galatina, whose nave has a self-contained fresco decor from the early fifteenth century (140 picture compartments altogether) received lavish gifts, beginning in 1385, from the count of Soleto, Raimondo del Balzo Orsini (c. 1350-1406). He was buried in Santa Caterina, and the painting of the church is related to his tomb, which originally stood in the choir.

The paintings, which are fully uniform in style and technique, are now thought to have been produced by a workshop influenced by a southern Italian branch of the early fifteenth-century Umbrian school. The manner in which they were painted and certain of their compositional motifs are most closely paralleled in the work of Ottaviano Nelli of Gubbio.

The nave paintings at Santa Caterina extend across four bays and follow a program that can be traced back to a text of St Bonaventura. The largest group of paintings is the one presenting the Apocalypse according to the revelation of St John. It extends across three walls in the first bay of the nave and includes some fifty separate scenes.

Preview Picture Data Info
Cycle of the Apocalypse
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


View of the first bay
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


View of the vault
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Appearance of the Son of Man
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Revenge Postponed
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Woman of the Apocalypse and the Dragon
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Lamb at Mount Zion
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


News of the Three Angels
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


False Prophet
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Army of Righteousness and the Angel with the Birds
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Binding of Satan and the Judges
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)


Last Judgment
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)



Unknown Italian masters
Painters
11th-13th centuries | 14th century (1) | 14th century (2)
Frescoes in the Sancta Sanctorum (1270s)
Frescoes in the Eagle's Tower, Trent (c. 1400)
Frescoes in Santa Catarina, Galatina (1400s)
Frescoes in the Castello Challant, Issogne (1489-1502)
15th century | 16th century | 17th century
Sculptors
8th-10th centuries | 11th-14th centuries | 15th-18th centuries
Florentine Grand Ducal workshops


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