Saint Alexander

Saint Alexander
Bernardino Luini (Italian, c.1481/2-1532)
Oil on panel 
24-5/8 x 13-1/2 in. (62.5 x 34.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Bernardino Luini, a celebrated Milanese painter, followed the pictorial traditions of Leonardo da Vinci. His style is characterized by soft, rounded forms and simplified structures. These panels originally formed part of an altarpiece painted for the Church of Saint Sisinio a Mendrisio near Lake Lugano. The five small panels depicting "The Story of the Val di Non" (F.1965.1.038.1-5.P) formed the "predella", while Saints Catherine (F.1965.1.039.2.P) and Alexander were mounted to the right of the central image.


Torriani Chapel, Church of San Sisinio a Mendrisio, Lake Lugano, sold 1796 to;
Guilio Sacco, Varese, Italy.
Count Giacomo Sannazzaro, by bequest to;
Ospedale Maggiore, Milan.
Count Giovanni B. Lucini Passalacqua, Milan, probably by 1861 (sale, Milan, Theatre de la Scala, 21 April 1885, lot 6, ill., as Une Sainte).
Joseph Ruston, Monk’s Manor, Lincoln, England (sale, London, Christie’s, 21 May 1898,
lot 82, as St. Catherine of Siena, to);
[Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, stock no. 8509, sold September, 1919 to];
[Kleinberger Galleries, New York (stock no. 15384), sold December 1922 to];
[Kleinberger Galleries, Paris, sold 14 January 1928 to];
[Fischer Gallery, Lucerne and Kunsthandel AG, Lucerne, stock no. 6769];
[?Reinhardt Galleries, New York, 2 share, 16 February 1928];
[on commission from Kunsthandel AG to Julius Böhler, Munich, stock no. 25-28, where pictures were restored and framed, and then returned to];
[Kunsthandel AG, Lucerne, stock no. 10196 by June, 1935].
(R. Paris sale, Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, 30 August - 4 September 1937, lot 1557, as Zwei Altartafeln [lot included St. Catherine and St. Alexander]).
(Dr. Schmid-Paganini/Frau Dr. Georg Zapf, Basel sale, Lucerne, Galerie Fischer, 26 October 1946, lot 1167a, ill., as Katharina von Alexandrien).
[Kunsthandel AG, Lucerne, stock 10196, sold July 1947 to];
[Harry G. Sperling for Kleinberger Galleries, New York, sold 12 February 1947 to];
[Duveen Bros., New York, stock no. 30014, sold 1965 to];
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