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Saint Catherine of Alexandria and her wheel have been well recognized symbols since the beginning of the Middle Ages. Here are 10 interesting tidbits about Saint Catherine:

Saint Catherine of Alexandria and her wheel have been well recognized symbols since the beginning of the Middle Ages. Although she was martyred in the 4th century, her popularity has endured through the centuries. In modern times, she has a band and fireworks named after her, and the term to “break the wheel” has come to denote exhaustion or pain. She is one of the most recognized and revered medieval saints. Here are 10 interesting tidbits about Saint Catherine:

Charged with excitement and bristling with spiky forms, Saint George Slaying the Dragon is one of Carlo Crivelli’s masterpieces. Although the artist worked for more than thirty years after painting it, he never produced anything quite so full of vigor and imagination. What could be more dramatic than the contrast between the rearing horse, its head distorted with fear, and the tender saint, his eyes fixed on the dragon he is about to slaughter? Crivelli’s saint is no robust hero, but a slim boy who must use all his might to wield his heavy sword. The jutting shapes of his armor are echoed in the towers of the hill town in the background. On a cliff just below it, kneels the tiny figure of the princess who was to be the dragon’s next victim. X

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Carlo Crivelli, Madonna and Child, c. 1480

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Painted in about 1480, this panel is one of the artist’s most exquisite pictures and is almost perfectly preserved, demonstrating his love for enameled surfaces. Flemish painting may have inspired the remarkable precision of detail in the background. The apples and the fly are symbols of sin and evil and are opposed to the cucumber and the goldfinch, symbols of redemption.