This embroidery traces the legend of the martyrdom of Saint Catherine. On the left, Catherine debates the merits of Christianity with the pagan emperor, Maxentius, and at the center she is tortured on his wheel of fortune. On the right, the wheel is shown destroyed; two dead pagans lie beneath it while the emperor, standing, holds the limp body of the saint, who has miraculously survived. The story probably continued on another row of embroidery below the cut lower edge of this piece.
Victor Gay, Paris; Dr. Albert Figdor, Vienna (until d. 1927); [his posthumous sale, Paul Cassirerat Hotel Esplanade, Berlin (Sept. 29-30, 1930, vol. I, no. 144)]; Irwin Untermyer, New York (until 1964)
Falke, Otto von, and Max J. Friedländer, ed. Die Sammlung Dr. Albert Figdor, Wien. Part I, Vol. 1. Vienna: Paul Cassirer Verlag, 1930. no. 144.
Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition, February 17 to March 24, 1940. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1940. no. 88, p. 31, pl. XLVII.
Hackenbroch, Yvonne. English and Other Needlework, Tapestries and Textiles in the Irwin Untermyer Collection. Irwin Untermyer Collection, Vol. 4. Cambridge, Mass: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1960. pp. 62-63, fig. 204.
Artist: Workshop of Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden (North Netherlandish, active Strasbourg, ca. 1462–died 1473 Vienna)Date: ca. 1465Medium: Walnut with paint and gildingAccession: 17.190.1735On view in:Gallery 305