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St. Catherine of Alexandria

This small painting depicts St. Catherine of Alexandria, a Christian princess martyred in the fourth century. She is accompanied by her attribute, the wheel on which she was condemned to be executed. Early photographs of this painting reveal that at one time, there was a cut painted on the right side of Catherine’s neck—a reference, presumably, to her beheading after the wheel shattered at her touch. At some point prior to the museum’s acquisition of the painting, the cut was painted over by a restorer. The painting has been attributed to Francesco di Bosio Zaganelli, a painter who worked in Ravenna, often in collaboration with his brother Bernardino.

Attributed to Francesco di Bosio Zaganelli
Italian, ca. 1470‒ca. 1532
St. Catherine of Alexandria
ca. 1500
Oil on panel
8 ½ x 11 ¼ in. (21.6 x 28.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Nicholas Aquavella, 77.43