Vincenzo Catena

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Portrait of a Young Man
Portrait of a Woman, painting by Vincenzo Catena, ca. 1520, El Paso Museum of Art

Vincenzo Catena (c. 1480–1531)[1] was an Italian painter of the Renaissance Venetian school. He is also known as Vincenzo de Biagio.


Nothing is known of the date and place of Catena's birth. The earliest known record of him is in an inscription on the back of Giorgione's Laura, in which he is described as the painter's Cholego. Catena's early style is however, much closer to that of Giovanni Bellini than the innovative work of Giorgione, and it was not until a few years after Giorgione's death in 1510 that his influence began to show itself in Catena's output.[1] There are about a dozen signed paintings by Catena in existence, although only one of these, the Martyrdom of St Christina (1520) in the church of Santa Maria Mater Domini in Venice, can be dated with any certainty, from an inscription on its marble surround.[2]

Catena's wills indicate that he was a man of some wealth, and that he had friends in Venetian humanist circles.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Robertson, Giles (1983). "Vinceno Catena". The Genius of Venice 1500–1600. London: Royal Academy of Arts. p. 167. 
  2. ^ Waldeck, Anik (2009). "A New Addition to the Oeuvre of Vincenzo Catena" (PDF). St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies. 13: 19 23. 


  • Web Gallery of Art
  • Adoration of the Shepherds

External links

  • Vincenzo Catena on Artcyclopedia
  • Italian Paintings, Venetian School, a collection catalog containing information about Catena and his works (see index; plate 16-17).
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