Title

Turning the Tide: Saint Catherine of the Wheel and Plague Intercession

Presenting Author Name/s

Heather Nygaard

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Anne Muraoka

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Description/Abstract

Many saints can be associated with art created for, during, or after the plague in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Some saints that appear in Renaissance and Baroque imagery have obvious links to plague, such as Saint Roch while other famous plague saints have a much less direct connection, such as the martyr Saint Sebastian. Saint Catherine of Alexandria appears frequently throughout the period, but scholarship declaring her a plague intercessor is rare–if it exists at all. Nevertheless, Saint Catherine of Alexandria belongs in the narrative of plague saints, as she is undoubtedly an intercessor of plague.

Session Title

Art History 1

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Start Date

2-2-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 10:00 AM

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Turning the Tide: Saint Catherine of the Wheel and Plague Intercession

Learning Commons @ Perry Library Conference Room 1306

Many saints can be associated with art created for, during, or after the plague in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Some saints that appear in Renaissance and Baroque imagery have obvious links to plague, such as Saint Roch while other famous plague saints have a much less direct connection, such as the martyr Saint Sebastian. Saint Catherine of Alexandria appears frequently throughout the period, but scholarship declaring her a plague intercessor is rare–if it exists at all. Nevertheless, Saint Catherine of Alexandria belongs in the narrative of plague saints, as she is undoubtedly an intercessor of plague.