The original of the early 16th century painting Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Raphael is being shown for the first time in Sofia as part of an exhibition of works opening to the public on September 17 2013, the Day of Sofia.
Apart from Saint Catherine of Alexandria – painted by the young artist now renowned as a High Renaissance master – the exhibition includes 10 engravings after the works of the artist, born Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, done in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
The engravings have been made available by the Raphael Academy in Urbino.
The exhibition is in honour of the Day of Sofia and as part of the Bulgarian capital city’s bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2019.
Admission to the exhibition is free-of-charge on September 17.
The exhibition has been organised by Sofia municipality, the Region of Marche, the Italian chamber of commerce in Bulgaria, under the patronage of Italian ambassador Mario Conticelli.
The exhibition is on from September 17 to 24. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm. The gallery is closed on Mondays.