Recognising saints: wheel

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A spiked wheel is the attribute of Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine was tortured on a wheel by the Emperor Maxentius for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. The wheel broke and Catherine was eventually beheaded instead.

Her martyrdom is remembered in the firework called the ‘Catherine Wheel’.

Ambrogio Bergognone, 'The Virgin and Child with Saints', about 1490
Ambrogio Bergognone, The Virgin and Child with Saints, about 1490 

The Virgin and Child with Saints
Ambrogio Bergognone
about 1490

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