Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c. 287 – c. 305 AD) is believed to have been a woman of great erudition, trained in philosophy and theology, an opponent of anti-Christian persecutions in the Roman Empire and a fervent preacher of the Gospel, who converted many pagans to the Christian faith. Ultimately, she felled victim to the persecutions she spent her life fighting against. She was condemned to suffer death on the breaking wheel with sharp spikes; on touching the saint’s body, the wheel broke to pieces and she was eventually beheaded. ©Dana Roxana Hrib, European Art Gallery Guidebook, Second edition, Sibiu 2011.


  • Title: Saint Catherine of Alexandria
  • Date: 1590 - 1615
  • Physical Dimensions: w79 x h97.5 cm (without frame)
  • Collecting: Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
  • Artist Biography: A painter from the school of Italian Proto-Baroque, active in the area of Rome, this artist was baptized Antiveduto („the foreseen one”), because his father had had the premonition of his birth. He was apprenticed to Giovanni Domenico Angelini of Perugia, who taught him the technique of small-scale painting, mostly on copper. Antiveduto became an independent artist in 1591. In his heyday, success was warranted by the patronage of two powerful figures of the time: Cardinal Federico Borromeo and Marquess Francesco Maria Del Monte. ©Dana Roxana Hrib, European Art Gallery Guidebook, Second edition, Sibiu 2011.
  • Provenance: Brukenthal National Museum
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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