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The Dream of Saint Catherine of Alexandria  1593

by Lodovico Carracci

We recognize this sleeping figure as Saint Catherine by the fragment of spiked wheel in the lower left corner, which was the instrument of an attempted martyrdom. Here Lodovico Carracci represented her legendary dream in which Mary and the infant Christ, accompanied by angels, appeared to her. Plighting his troth, Christ placed a ring on Catherine's finger, and through thi...
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

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