Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Pietro Lorenzetti Italian

Not on view

Martyred for her attempt to convert the fourth-century pagan emperor Maximinus Daia, Saint Catherine of Alexandria is identified by her crown and regal attire. The panel belonged to an elaborate, two-tiered altarpiece. The figure combines the bulk and three-dimensionality of a work by Giotto or the sculptor Giovanni Pisano with the decorative brilliance for which Sienese painting is famous. The inscription at the top indicates that it was surmounted by a figure of Saint John the Evangelist. For more information about this painting, visit

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Pietro Lorenzetti (Italian, active Siena 1320–44), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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