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Catherine of Alexandria was a Christian martyr in the 4th century. Her feast is celebrated on November 25. Her cult spread throughout Europe from the 6th century, with emphasis between the 10th and 12th centuries. It is included in the group of helper saints and is invoked against sudden death
One of the five paintings by Andrea del Sarto that can be seen in the Pinacoteca of the Colegio de Nª Señora de la Antigua:

  1. Saint Margaret of Cortona, the penitent.

  2. Saint Agnes, twelve-year-old girl, martyr in 304, with her symbolic lamb, the origin of her name.

  3. Saint Catherine of Alexandria, patron saint of philosophers, martyr at 18.

  4. Saint Peter, father of the Church, of utmost perfection.

  5. San Juan Bautista, of great beauty in color and shape. These last two are replicas of others existing in the Cathedral of Pisa.