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 File Info Comment
Cycle of the Apocalypse
1420s
Fresco
Santa Caterina, Galatina (Apulia)

1000*1210
True Color
223 Kb



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

918*1100
True Color
204 Kb



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

874*1050
True Color
239 Kb



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

1001*1200
True Color
180 Kb



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

1200*821
True Color
228 Kb



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

1200*769
True Color
211 Kb



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

1200*752
True Color
237 Kb



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

1307*800
True Color
229 Kb



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

1200*822
True Color
243 Kb



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

1200*813
True Color
203 Kb



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

1200*800
True Color
187 Kb



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

1228*800
True Color
233 Kb



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

900*1083
True Color
220 Kb




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