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Cotignola, 1460-1470 – Ravenna?, 1510
Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Oil on panel
91 x 47 cm
This recently discovered Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of
Infante Gabriel de Borbon Braganza.
Alexandria by Bernardino Zaganelli constitutes an important
Duque de Hernani, thence by descent.
addition to the artist’s oeuvre. Until recently it belonged to the heirs
Private Collector, New York.
of the Duque de Hernani who, according to family tradition, was
given the painting by the Infante Gabriel de Borbon Braganza
in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century; this royal
provenance is supported by collection stamps visible on the
reverse of the panel.
The painting is datable to the last ten years of Zaganelli’s life, by
which point he had parted ways with his brother Francesco (d.
1532).1 At some point prior to 1499 (the date of their earliest signed
work), the brothers had entered into a fraternitas contract. Their
collaborative paintings are signed with both names, Francesco’s
always preceding Bernardino’s, and distinguishing their individual
hands is near impossible. On the occasion of the Melozzo
exhibition of 1938 in Forlì, Cesare Gnudi attempted to distinguish
individual contributions within their paintings, however, Roberto
Longhi subsequently defined them as “Siamese brothers”.
Towards the end of the first decade of the sixteenth century, the
brothers began taking on independent commissions: Francesco
an altarpiece in Civitanova in the Marche, and Bernardino a
polyptych in Pavia in 1507.2 This led to the dissolution of the
original contract, and each set up his own workshop, Francesco in
Ravenna in 1513 and Bernardino in Cotignola or Imola.


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