The legendary Saint Catherine was widely renowned for her learning and wisdom, so much so that the Roman emperor Maxentius wanted her to be his wife. Her Christian faith was so strong that she refused the pagan ruler; in retaliation, he ordered that she be tortured. Catherine was bound to a spiked wheel, but freed when a thunderbolt from heaven shattered it. In this painting, she displays the martyr's palm while resting her left arm on a fragment of the wheel; her right hand holds the sword with which she was ultimately beheaded.
- El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), Greek (active in Spain), 1541–1614
- 100.5 x 63.8 cm (39 9/16 x 25 1/8 in.)
- Medium or Technique
- Oil on canvas
- Religious - Saints
- Accession Number
- Not on view