Saint Catherine of Alexandria
This painting is part of the group: The Demidoff Altarpiece

This panel showing Saint Catherine of Alexandria is part of the large 'Demidoff Altarpiece' made for the high altar of San Domenico in Ascoli Piceno, east central Italy.

The 4th century Saint Catherine of Alexandria is shown with a martyr's palm and her traditional attribute, the spiked wheel on which she was tortured.

Crivelli has used the acute angle of the wheel to show his skill in foreshortening. Catherine herself, with her elegantly elongated hands, is dressed as a noblewoman in a fine lace-edged chemise and robe decorated with gold thread. Crivelli has placed her on a marble step, almost as if she were a statue on a plinth, except that one foot protrudes over the edge as if breaking out into our space.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1430/5 - about 1494
Full title
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Group
Date made
1476
Medium and support
Tempera on poplar
Dimensions
137.5 x 40 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1868
Inventory number
NG788.4
Location in Gallery

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