Angels Bearing the Body of Saint Catherine to Mount Sinai

Luigi Saulini Italian
After a composition by Heinrich Karl Anton Mücke German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

This cameo reproduces a canvas (Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin), famous in its day, by the German Nazarene painter Heinrich Karl Anton Mücke (1806–1891). It is one of Luigi Saulini’s largest and most splendid pieces. By reducing the painting’s colors to white on vivid redorange, he gave the airborne group extra emphasis. The stone would be heavy to wear mounted as jewelry and was probably made to be admired on its own in a case or frame or on a stand.

Angels Bearing the Body of Saint Catherine to Mount Sinai, Luigi Saulini (Italian, 1819–1883), Sardonyx, Italian, Rome

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