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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Name-CRT: Northeastern France, early 13th Century
Title: Miniature from a Compendium of Saints' Lives: Saint Catherine of Alexandria Disputing with the Fifty Philosophers
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1210
Creation Date: c. 1200-1210
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Manuscript
Materials and Techniques: tempera and gold on vellum
Dimensions: Overall: 16cm x 10.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1997.12
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Style or Period: Northeastern France, early 13th Century
Context: This miniature depicts an incident in the life of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, one of the early martyrs of the Christian Church, who was renowned for her learning. In ad 305, the Roman emperor Maxentius (the crowned figure seated at the left) attempted to compel Catherine (seated at the right) to renounce her faith by forcing her to engage in a disputation or debate with the fifty pagan philosophers of Alexandria (signified by their pointed hats). The clever Catherine, however, succeeded in converting the philosophers to Christianity. In a rage, Maxentius ordered her execution. This miniature probably came from a manuscript of saints' lives or possibly a martyrology. The subject of this miniature would have appealed in the scholastic climate of northeastern France.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1997.12
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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