Saint Catherine of the week

St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Peter, and Mary Magdalene. c. 1475. Wood panels. S. Lucia, Montefiore dell'Aso, Italy by Carlo CriveliSaint Catherine by Carlo Crivelli 1491 National GallerySaint Catherine by Carlo Crivelli 1476, National Gallery London

Three Saint Catherines this week, all by Carlo Crivelli. The first one is at Montefiore dell’Aso, Italy, the other two are at the National  Gallery, London

2 Responses to Saint Catherine of the week

  1. Sarah Couto says:

    Ben – Why do you think Crivelli (or his client, or both) depicted the wheel unbroken?

  2. Ben says:

    Hrmm… yeah… #replacing the glass of water# … well #he says with a very professoral tone# … I haven’t the faintest idea.

    Just one thing on coats of arms and the likes the heraldic wheel is usually unbroken, so if St Catherine is just represented as a patron and as such more as a symbolic character, it makes sense for the wheel to be full.

    For instance if the altar has been offered by the Potters’ Guild whose heraldic sign is the wheel, it’s logical for their tool to be intact.

    On the other hand if it is the religious symbols that matters, the broken wheel suddenly becomes more important because it refers to God’s miracle.

    So MAYBE, it depends on the function of the painting.

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