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“Since the ability of Francisco Guerrero is now abundantly known to all […] he shall henceforth act as master of the boys so long as: ( 1) he must teach them to read, write, and to sing the responsories, versicles, antiphons, lessons, and kalends, and other parts of divine service; (2) he shall teach them plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint, his instruction in counterpoint to include both the art of adding a melody to a plainsong and to an already existing piece of polyphonic music; (3) he shall always clothe them decently and properly, see that they wear good shoes, and ensure that their beds are kept perfectly clean; (4) he shall feed them the same food that he himself eats and never take money from them for anything having to do with their services in church or their musical instruction…” [cont’d]
— Málaga Cathedral Document (11 September 1551)

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St. Catherine of Alexandria, November 25th
published 18 November 2013 by Gwyneth Holston

GWYN_St. Catherine of Alexandria have always loved this portrait of St. Catherine of Alexandria by Lorenzo Lotto, painted in 1522. Her intelligent gaze is in keeping with her reputation for theological brilliance. Lotto managed to communicate her enigmatic confidence by placing her centrally in the composition and cocking her head to one side. The red dress flames at us against the dark backgroundreminding us of her martyrdom.

Notice how her hands are demurely placed so as to reveal a mystical wedding ring on one hand and the martyr’s palm held like a scholar’s quill pen in the other. The mantle about her shoulders delicately drapes the spiked wheel on which she was condemned to be tortured.

My favorite detail of this painting is the strand of pearls loops on the points of her crown. Although her works in this life were as so many pearls before swine, she was happy to cast them from her in order to obtain the pearl of great price.