The figure rests on a sword and may represent Saint Catherine of Alexandria who was tortured on a wheel and then beheaded with a sword.This work has in the past been attributed to Solimena, but it may be Roman rather than Neapolitan.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
A Female Figure resting on a Sword (Saint Catherine of Alexandria?)
Date made
probably 18th century
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
53.3 x 45.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by F.D. Lycett Green through The Art Fund, 1926
Inventory number
NG4177
Location in Gallery