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The Beheading of Saint Catherine

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1517

Artist:

Domenico Campagnola
Italian, c. 1500-1564

About this artwork

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, kneeling with head bowed low, appears just below the center of this circular composition. The saint has already miraculously withstood martyrdom on the wheel, a form of torture that the shape of this engraving plate may reference. She will at last succumb to her executioners, but not without converting hundreds to Christianity by her example. Domenico Campagnola’s fluid, sketchy engraving reinforces the tumultuous scene and emphasizes the dramatically raised sword.

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Artist

Domenico Campagnola

Title

The Beheading of Saint Catherine

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1517

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

185 x 174 mm (plate); 188 x 178 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1944.166

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