Recognising saints: objects

Attributes are symbols which are used by artists to represent particular saints. They are often drawn from an event in the saint's life.

Test your knowledge – can you identify the saints below from their objects?

Detail from Carlo Crivelli, 'Saints Peter and Paul', probably 1470s
Discover which saint is commonly represented by a book and sword
Detail from Lucas Cranach the Elder: 'Saints Genevieve and Apollonia  from The St Catherine Altarpiece: Reverses of Shutters', 1506
Which saint had a candle which was reputed to have healed many people?
Detail from Giovanni Martino Spanzotti, 'Saint Peter Martyr and a Bishop Saint (Saint Evasio?)', 1496-1500
Which saint was killed by assassins on his way to Milan?
Detail from Attributed to Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano, 'The Virgin and Child with Saints', about 1513-18
Find out which saint gave a gift of three golden balls
Detail from Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece: 'Saints Peter and Dorothy'
Which saint is traditionally represented by keys?
Detail from Workshop of the Master od ther Saint Bartholomew Altarpiece, ' The Virgin and Child in Glory with Saints', about 1512
Find out which saint declared her devotion to Christ through music
Detail from Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, 'Mary Magdelene', about 1535-40
Discover which saint anointed Christ's feet
Detail from Master of Saint Veronica, 'Saint Veronica with the Sudarium', about 1420
Which saint gave her veil to Christ as he carried his cross to Calvary?
Detail from Ambrogio Bergognone, 'The Virgin and Child with Saints', about 1490
Find out which saint was tortured on a wheel for refusing to renounce her faith

Many saints are represented by objects. Others are represented by animals or parts of the body:

More attributes – animals and the body