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Saint Catherine of Alexandria

ca. 1530
Overall: 14 15/16 x 7 3/16 x 5 1/4 in. (38 x 18.3 x 13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edith Sachs, 1950
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Because of her faith, Saint Catherine, a fourth-century virgin martyr, was tortured on a wheel and beheaded by a sword. The book she holds alludes to the knowledge that enabled her to refute the arguments of fifty pagan philosophers of Alexandria, one of whom is represented below her feet.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sachs, New York (in 1927-1950)
Loan Exhibition of Religious Art for the Benefit of the Basilique of the Sacré-Cœur of Paris, at the galleries of Jacques Seligmann & Company, Inc., March-April 1927. New York: Jacques Seligmann & Co., 1928. pl. XXV.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guide to the Collections: Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1962. fig. 62.

Beeson, Nora B., ed. Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. no. 51, p. 222.

Stein, Wendy A. How to Read Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. p. 78, fig. 18.

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