RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)

The Crowning of St Catherine

Oil on canvas, 266 x 214 cm
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

In his religious paintings Rubens tried to stir the viewer's emotions. Pictures with a theme of Catholic dogma intended as propaganda loose something of their emphasis in favour of an unmistakable lyricism, clearly illustrated by the Crowning of St Catherine.