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Saint Agatha

lombard school

Listed in the 1693 inventory as an autograph work of Leonardo, the painting reflects Scipione Borghese’s fondness for Lombard painting. The Saint Agatha derives from an original by Bernardino Luini, now lost, but close to the work in the Spiridion collection in Paris. The composition and execution of the image show Leonardesque influences. Agatha, martyred in A.D. 251, shows the attribute of her suffering: her breasts were torn off with tongs before she was thrown onto burning coals.

Object details

oil on panel
cm 50,2 x 39 x 5,5
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