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Saint Dorothea
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Saint Dorothea

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Description The legendary early Christian martyr Saint Dorothea was the daughter of a Roman senator and was executed because of her faith during the reign of Emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. On the way to her decapitation, the pagan lawyer Theophilus mockingly asked her to send him fruits from Paradise. Before her death, an angel appeared to her with a basket of flowers and fruits. Saint Dorothea is the patron saint of gardeners. Her elegant, long neck and the sword she is holding allude to her martyrdom. The light color scheme, the emphasis on the softness of the pinkish skin, and the flowers all charm the eye in a way that reflects the influence of the rococo style in France. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 392, p. 507.
Date Description Narrative
7/01/1948Treatmentcoated; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
10/29/1964Treatmentcoated; filled; inpainted; lined; loss compensation; repaired; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 757, as Joan of Arc by Fran├žois Boucher]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Number] In upper left corner in aged white paint: J 86
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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ca. 1720-1730 (Baroque)
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 25 5/8 x W: 19 5/8 in. (65.1 x 49.8 cm)


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