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(b ?Venice, c.1470/80; d Venice, Sept. 1531). Venetian painter of religious subjects and portraits. Catena was a man of good birth and independent means who moved in humanist circles and may have been the link between these circles and Giorgione. He is first mentioned in 1506 in an inscription on the back of Giorgione's portrait Laura (KH Mus., Vienna), according to which they had entered into some kind of partnership.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)