St. Catherine

St. Catherine

This charcoal and pastel drawing is of a wood sculpture at the DIA from 15th century Germany.  The sculpture is finished on three sides and doubtless was installed against a wall or column of a church.  The 4th century Roman martyr Catherine was beheaded.  She is shown holding a sword, the instrument of her death.  Martyrs are often depicted with the tools of their martyrdom – to remind us of their sacrifice, and to show their gratitude for the service of delivering them from this worldly existence into the endless glories of eternal life with God.

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