European Paintings and Sculpture from Joslyn Art Museum
Images of saints adorned a wide range of objects in the late medieval period, including stained glass windows, church architecture, altarpieces, and ecclesiastical vestments. For the viewer, these saints served as role models, intercessors, and protectors. A depiction of one of the most significant saints in Christendom, Saint Catherine of Alexandria emphasizes her role as spiritual authority and preacher. Especially popular in the Rhine region of Germany, polychromed wood was an ideal medium for sculpture, and here it lends Saint Catherine a lifelike presence.
Morris, Amy, "German, Rhenish Artist" (2020). Art and Art History Faculty Publications. 43.