Catherine's Room
© Bill Viola

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Catherine's Room 2001
  • Artist Rooms
This video work is one of a group of pieces known as 'The Passions' which explores human emotions, inspired by early European devotional paintings. The five screens show different times of the day – morning, afternoon, sunset, evening and night. Each scene shows the female protagonist at a different task, from yoga exercises in the morning through to lighting candles in the evening and finally going to bed. In each scene, the tree outside the window is shown at different stages of its annual cycle, putting the woman's routine in the larger context of the cycles of nature. The work is based on a predella by the fourteenth century artist Andrea di Bartolo.

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Devotional art

Religious images used privately as a focus of prayer or an aid to meditation.

Predella

Horizontal band below the main panels of altarpiece, decorated with small scenes that relate to those above.

Devotional art, Predella

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00042
  • Medium Video, 5 flat screens, colour
  • Size 38.10 x 246.00 x 57.00 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008