Artist: Pietro Lorenzetti (Italian, active Siena 1320–44)
Date: shortly after 1342
Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground
Dimensions: Overall 26 x 16 1/4 in. (66 x 41.3 cm); painted surface 24 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (62.2 x 41.3 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number: 13.212
Martyred for her attempt to convert the fourth-century pagan emperor Maximinus Daia, Saint Catherine of Alexandria is identified by her crown and regal attire. The panel belonged to an elaborate, two tiered altarpiece (for which, see metmuseum.org/collections). The figure combines the bulk and three-dimensionality of a work by Giotto or the sculptor Giovanni Pisano with the decorative brilliance for which Sienese painting is famous. The inscription at the top indicates that it was surmounted by a figure of Saint John the Evangelist.