StCatherine of Alexandria Lorenzo Lotto 1522 Natl Gall Art DC

Lorenzo Lotto, 1522: St. Catherine of Alexandria. None of today’s three martyrs ever existed, but The Episcopal Church has decided to celebrate them for trial use anyway, because the Roman and Orthodox Churches do. Catherine is said to have “rebuked the heathen emperor Maxentius for his idolatry, and he responded by offering to marry her if she would renounce her faith,” according to James Kiefer. She didn’t do it, so the emperor tried to torture her on a spiked wheel, but she was miraculously spared until he had her beheaded, and the angels carried her to St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai. (National Gallery of Art, Washington)

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