Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Saint Catherine is shown leaning on the wheel upon which she was condemned to die but which miraculously broke. This painting probably dates from just before Raphael left Florence and went to Rome.

The torsion and the pose of the saint, turning enraptured towards a heavenly light, reflect Raphael's study of both the sinuous grace of Perugino's paintings and the dynamic compositions of Leonardo.

Key facts

Artist dates
1483 - 1520
Full title
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Date made
about 1507
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
72.2 x 55.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1839
Inventory number
Location in Gallery