(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

Mystic Marriage of St Catherine

Oil on canvas, 58 x 91 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

This picture shows the Holy Family with St Catherine of Alexandria and St Anne. According to a 9th-century legend, St Catherine was a princess converted to Christianity by a hermit. The child Jesus appeared to her later in a dream and handed her a ring as a sign of her engagement. Under the worried gaze of Joseph, the saint - dressed as an elegant Venetian woman — turns lovingly towards the child sitting in his mother's lap, who reacts with excited pleasure.