(b. 1477, Vercelli, d. 1549, Siena)

The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine

Oil on panel, 95 x 76 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

The preparatory cartoon for this painting has been identified in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. Formerly part of the Ricciarelli collection in Volterra, the painting belongs to the period of il Sodoma's sojourn in that city and is dated to 1539-40. Stylistically it is close to other late works of Sodoma, in particular the Madonna and Child with Saints in the collegiate church at Sinalunga.