The Miraculous Translation Of The Body Of Saint Catherine Of Alexandria To Sinai
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Karl von Blaas, Austrian (Nauders, Austria 1815 - 1894 Vienna, Austria)
The Miraculous Translation of the Body of Saint Catherine of Alexandria to Sinai
Other Titles
Former Title: Ascension of St. Catherine
Former Title: St. Catherine Carried by the Angels
Work Type
Level 2, Room 2130, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
105 x 143 cm (41 5/16 x 56 5/16 in.)
framed: 126.3 x 165 x 9.6 cm (49 3/4 x 64 15/16 x 3 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: C. Blaas 1860
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper, printed and handwritten: Boston Athenaeum / National Sailors' Fair / [gives title and artist] / Owner's address: Mrs. [ ] E. Thayer / Brookline
  • label: back of frame, black marker on masking tape, handwritten: GROSSMAN 5 ANGELS CARRYING YOUNG GIRL / INTO HEAVEN
Mrs. J. E. Thayer, (1864). [Daniel Grossman Gallery, New York, NY, sold]; to [Seiden and de Cuevas, later Vermeer Associates Limited, sold]; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1992.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Melvin R. Seiden Purchase Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Catalogue of paintings and statuary exhibited for the benefit of the National Sailors' fair, exh. cat., Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA, 1864), No. 282

Friedrich von Boetticher, Malerwerke des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, F. v. Boetticher (Dresden, Germany, 1891 - 1901), p. 104, no. 13

Leon Botstein and Linda Weintraub, ed., Pre-Modern Art of Vienna 1848-1898, exh. cat., Blum Art Institute (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 1987), pp. 141, 154. repr.

Exhibition History

National Sailors' Fair, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1864 - 12/31/1864

Pre-Modern Art of Vienna, 1848-1898, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 05/12/1987 - 07/11/1987; Blum Art Institute, New York, 07/20/1987 - 09/18/1987; DePree Art Center and Gallery, Holland, 10/02/1987 - 11/29/1987; Bass Museum, Miami Beach, 12/15/1987 - 01/31/1988

Sublimations: Art and Sensuality in the 19th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/13/1996 - 07/21/2002

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4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted