With the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Society of Friends of Arts and Museums of Strasbourg (SAAMS), the Museums of the City of Strasbourg were able to acquire in 2019 a rare work of Simon Vouet (1590-1649): The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine. The painting, after restoration, enriches the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts of Strasbourg.

A restaurantC2RMF, funded through sponsorship

The state of conservation of the painting, which is probably explained by its turbulent history, required a very important restoration, from summer 2019 until January 2023, in the workshops of the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) in Versailles.

Gilles Bastian, of C2RMF, had conducted a scientific study of the painting, prior to its acquisition in 2019.

Cécile Gouton and Ludovic Roudet intervened respectively for the pictorial layer and for the support, under the guidance of Orlane Lavit, curator of Heritage.

Simon VOUET (Paris, 1590 – Paris, 1649), Le Martyre de sainte Catherine, Huile sur toile, 173 x 115,5 cm au musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg

PartnershipFinance: Ministry of Culture and Sponsorship

The acquisition was equally funded by:

  • the Ministry of Culture (Heritage Fund): 200,000 €
  • the Society of Friends of Arts and Museums of Strasbourg: 200,000 €

The sponsorship of the SAAMS has fully taken over the restoration: 20,940 €

Presenpublic use

The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine is now part of the permanent itinerary of the Strasbourg Museum of Fine Arts, in the Caravagesque hall, alongside the works of Valentin de Boulogne and Ribera.

Read more

Consult the press kit and the press release on the website of the Museums of the City of Strasbourg: the press kit

More information on the acquisition of the work: on the DRAC website