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St Catherine of Alexandria

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Wearing an elaborate jewelled headdress and crown, the saint points towards a bloodstained sword with an ornate hilt, the instrument of her martyrdom, while she holds a martyr's palm in her right hand and her attribute of a broken wheel is on the left. The figure is set within a painted oval and may have been one of a series of half-length saints. This painting has recently been convincingly attributed to Paolini, a pupil of Angelo Caroselli, with a dating in the late 1630s.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



late 1630s


oil on canvas


H 74.5 x W 55.3 cm

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Bequeathed by Sir Arthur Evans, 1941

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