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#13390: St. Catherine of Alexandria

Photo 13390: St. Catherine of Alexandria - Hailes Church

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Photo ID
13390
Credit
Title
St. Catherine of Alexandria
Caption
Wall painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria, in a blocked-up window on the north wall. According to legend, she was an aristrocratic and well-educated Christian lady who refused the advances of Emperor Maximin, defeated pagan philosophers in a debate, was tortured on a spiked wheel that was shattered by angels, and finally beheaded by Maximin. She is the patroness of learning and teachers. The painting shows her high class through her clothing and her learning through the book she holds. Beneath her foot is the crowned head of Emperor Maximin. A monk with a scroll sits at the bottom left. Hailes Church, 12th century. Hailes, Gloucestershire, England.
Geotag
51.969806° N, 1.928047° W
Uploaded
December 27, 2012
Camera
NIKON D80
ISO
1000