Saint Catherine 1598 by Michelangelo Caravaggio. Post Modern work by David Bridburg 2015.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, or Saint Catharine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine was a Christian and a virgin in the early 4th century. She was martyred at the hands of the pagan emperor. According to her hagiography, she was both a princess and a noted scholar, who became a Christian around the age of fourteen, converted hundreds of people to Christianity, and was Martyred around the age of 18. More than 1,100 years following her Martyrdom Saint Joan of Arc identified Catherine as one of the Saints who appeared to her and counselled her.