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Withypool Triptych, Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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Saint Catherine is shown with her attribute, the spiked wheel upon which she was martyred. She had refused to marry and regarded herself as the bride of Christ. When the Emperor Maxentius persecuted Christians he spared her because he wanted to marry her. She refused, and he ordered her to be put to death. Angels carried her body to the monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai.

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Withypool Triptych, Saint Catherine of Alexandria




oil on panel


H 84.5 x W 41 cm

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on loan from the National Gallery, London

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