Saint Catherine of Alexandria

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

This and the panel of 'Saint Mary Magdalene' by the same artist were probably elements of a frame or a predella. They have often been regarded as studio work.

The fly on the left of this panel is a trick painted to demonstrate the power of art to deceive (see also the 'Portrait of a Lady' by the Swabian School).

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1430/5 - about 1494
Full title
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Date made
probably about 1491-4
Medium and support
Tempera on lime
38 x 19 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1874
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Panels from a Frame or a Predella

Carlo Crivelli
probably about 1491-4
Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Mary Magdalene'