- This small reliquary bust represents Saint Catherine of Siena, wearing the Domenican habit and the crown of thorns. Her hands are crossed over her chest and she turns her head towards the right, slightly tilting backwards. Her eyes emphasize the feeling of ecstatitic rapture and one can observe that the work is closely linked to the strong spirituality and mystcism so dear to baroque aesthetics. The work is also very similar to a statue of Saint Catherine of Siena by Cosimo Fancelli produced for the Chigi chapel at the Church of Santa Maria della Pace in Rome. It was executed between 1656- 1657 during embellishment works in the Chigi chapel, when Pope Alexander VII, formerly Inquisitor of Malta, known as Fabio Chigi, had commisioned Pietro da Cortona including a team of sculptors to carry out the works.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : Bronze: 19.5 cm (height); 22 cm (width); 15.5 cm (depth) ; 3.1cm (average thickness at base) ;35cm (height including base
- Baroque [Create]
- c. 1650`s [Create]
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