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Saint Catherine of Siena as Spiritual Mother of the Second and Third Orders of Saint Dominic
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Saint Catherine of Siena as Spiritual Mother of the Second and Third Orders of Saint Dominic about 1499 - 1500
St Catherine, enthroned, wears the black and white robes of the Dominican Order. The white lilies symbolise her purity and the fact she flattens the devil underfoot signals her goodness. St Lawrence and St Dominic are on the left and St Peter Martyr and St Raphael, with the young Tobias, to the right. St Catherine of Siena was the first Dominican nun and here she presents a book of the Dominican Rule to one kneeling group of figures and a scroll of regulations to another. The altarpiece may have been painted for St Catherine's convent, Florence, where three of Cosimo Rosselli's nieces were nuns.

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Altarpiece

An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.

Dominican Order

A Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. Dominic in the early 13th century, particularly focused on missionary work and scholarship. It is also known as the Order of Preachers.

Altarpiece, Dominican Order

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 1030
  • Medium Tempera and gold on panel
  • Size Painted area: 157.70 x 163.50 cm; 170.00 x 171.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1911