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Saint Catherine, crowned (alluding to her royal birth), wears a red robe with an IHS brooch. IHS is the abbreviation of 'Jesus' in Greek, and the brooch both indicates her conversion to Christianity and alludes to her mystic marriage to Christ. It could also be a reference to the then recently deceased and canonised Bernardino of Siena (1380–1444), a Franciscan friar and preacher who displayed this monogram on a tablet during his sermons.
oil on panel
H 58 x W 45.5 cm
gift from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare along with the estate, house and its contents, 1946