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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Catherine'
This painting is part of the group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

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This section of an altarpiece showing Saint Catherine is probably a comparatively early work by Schiavone. It is thought to come from S. Niccolò, Padua.

The story of Catherine of Alexandria is found in the 'Golden Legend'. She was supposed to have been a Christian convert of noble birth who, in a vision, was married to the Infant Christ, as in Parmigianino's painting of The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine in the Collection.

The Roman emperor Maxentius sent 50 philosophers to persuade her to abandon her faith, but she, by her argument, converted them to Christianity.

She was tortured by being bound to four wheels with spikes in them. These were destroyed by a miraculous thunderbolt, but she was eventually beheaded. A wheel, as her attribute, is usually included in paintings of her and she is often shown wearing a crown in reference to her noble birth.

Her cult began in the 9th century on Mount Sinai, where her body was supposed to have been transported by angels.

Other paintings in this group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Saint Bernardino
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
Saint Bernardino
Saint Anthony of Padua
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Anthony of Padua
Saint Peter Martyr
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Peter Martyr
Saint John the Baptist
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint John the Baptist
The Pietà
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
The Pietà
Saint Jerome
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Jerome
Saint Sebastian
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Sebastian
A Female Saint
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
A Female Saint

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