The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 April 2018

on display Permanent Collection

Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) [Verona, 1528 - Venice, 1588]

The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine

Datec. 1547
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)84 x 100
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Pignatti/Pedrocco 13
Collection NumberP.1994-0001
The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine

This painting is an early work by Paolo Veronese undertaken in his birthplace of Verona, Italy. The subject is the "mystical marriage" between Christ and St. Catherine of Alexandria. The seated figure is the Virgin Mary holding the Infant Jesus in her arms. St. Catherine is shown kneeling at the right. In the upper left-hand corner of the painting, you will not ice an emblem, which combines the crests of two powerful aristocratic families. It suggests this work was undertaken to commemorate a marriage that joined the two families in 1547. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)


Private Collection, Switzerland; Purchased by the NMWA, 1995.

Exhibition History

Florence and Venice: Italian Renaissance Paintings and Sculpture from the State Hermitage Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 20 March 1999 - 20 June 1999, cat. no. 53


Rearick, W. R. The Art of Paolo Veronese (exh. cat.), Washington D. C., 1988, p. 34, (mentioned under no. 6, as Giambattista Zelotti).
Pignatti, T.; Pedrocco, F. Veronese: Catalogo completo dei dipinti. Firenze, 1991, p. 33, no. 13.
Gisolfi, D. A New Early Veronese in Tokyo. The Burlington Magazine. vol. 137, no. 1112, Nov. 1995, pp. 742-746.
Pignatti, T.; Pedrocco, F. Veronese. Milano, 1995, no. 12.
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. Nos. 29-30 (April 1994-March 1996), 1997, . New Acquisitions. pp. 9-11, List of New Acquisitions. p. 37, col.repr.
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 19, col. repr.
Zamperini, Alessandra. Paolo Veronese. Verona, Arsenale Editrice, 2013, pp. 22-23.

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