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St. Dorothy

Strozzi trained as an artist in Genoa from 1595 to 1597. He took religious orders but continued to work as a painter, moving in 1630 to Venice, where he received commissions for portraits and religious subjects. One Strozzi scholar has dated this painting to Strozzi’s Genoese period, when he was beginning to experiment with single figures of female saints. The subject of this work, St. Dorothy, was a fourth-century Christian martyr. She is accompanied by an angel in the form of a small boy bearing flowers sent by Dorothy from paradise for those who had mocked her for her Christian beliefs.

Bernardo Strozzi
Italian, 1581–1644
St. Dorothy
ca. 1615–20
Oil on canvas
56 ½ x 35 1/8 in. (143.5 x 90.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.12