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Saint Catherine in the Clouds

Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)

early 1620s

Medium etching Measurements H: 11 1/8 x W: 7 7/8 in. (28.26 x 20 cm) Credit Gift of Charles J. Rosenbloom Accession Number 68.10.5 Location Not on View


Rubens is known to have made only this one etching, which is remarkably accomplished. It reproduces a figure from his oil sketch for a ceiling painting executed in 1620-21. The engraver Lucas Vorsterman (Flemish, 1595-1675) probably retouched Rubens's work with a burin to strengthen its resemblance to an engraving.