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Saint Apollonia, Saint Dorothy of Cappadocia and an Unidentified Female Saint

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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This panel, along with 'Saint Mary Magdalene, Saint Anne with the Infant Mary, the Christ Child and Saint Barbara', originally formed part of a high altarpiece by an unknown German artist, probably commissioned for the church of Bassenheim, near Koblenz. The saints can be identified by their ‘attributes’ or items with which they are portrayed. The first panel shows Apollonia gripping tongs with an extracted tooth, Dorothy of Cappadocia carrying a basket of roses, and an unidentified saint holding the palm of martyrdom. The second panel shows three married saints (their marital status indicated by their head coverings): Mary Magdalene with her ointment jar, Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary, and Barbara with a loaf of bread and jug of wine symbolising Christ’s blood, although there is some possibility that this could be Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on panel


H 115.5 x W 106 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0194.N

Acquisition method

purchased, 1995

Work type


Inscription description

collector's seal : der Grafl.walde bassenheim.domanin Director

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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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