- Material: Cornelian Shell 15 k gold tested.
- Size: 2 1/2" by 2 2/8".
- Date and Origin: Circa 1870 Italy.
- Conditions: More than Excellent, NO stress lines or hairlines, a tiniest surface chip on the back at circa 11.00 hours, shell moves a little bit in the frame but it is safe and firm.
Museum Quality cameo depicting The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine of Alexandria after a painting from 1518 of Antonio Allegri da Correggio, usually known simply as Correggio, (August 1489 –March 5, 1534) was the foremost painter of the Parma school of the Italian Renaissance, who was responsible for some of the most vigorous and sensuous works of the 16th century. In his use of dynamic composition, illusionistic perspective and dramatic foreshortening, Correggio prefigured the Rococo art of the 18th century. The painting is now in the National Museum of Capodimonte in Naples. Painting is shown below in the page. Three holy figures are in this cameo, the Madonna, Jesus and St. Catherine. Jesus puts the wedding ring on St. Catherine's finger as a symbol of the mystic marriage between Him and Her. This subject is rarest, I have never seen it until now. The carver has perfecly reproduced the painting on the cameo with so much skill. This is surely the fruit of a great master carver that with his painstaking work, his ability, his skill and his art was able to make in the shell a real work of art as everything is so realistic. This is another masterly carved cameo. A very desirable collectors piece, rare and museum quality cameo.