Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Piedmont Master ca. 1515
Piedmont Master ca. 1515
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
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Piedmont Master ca. 1515

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1510 – 1520

75.3 x 39.1 x 2.2 cm
Physical Description
Inventory Number
SG 519
Acquired in 1934 by bequest from Hugo Kessler
Not on display


About the Acquisition

In 1927 the Frankfurter banker Hugo Kessler (1856–1929) stipulated by will that the Städel Museum was to receive his collection of artworks upon the death of his sister Anna Maria Laetitia Kessler (1863–1934). All in all, the collection comprised forty-two predominantly Baroque paintings. However, Kessler also revered younger artists, such as Carl Spitzweg and Carl Friedrich Lessing, as well as Wilhelm Busch, a personal acquaintance. In the spring of 1936 the Städel presented an exhibition of the entire Kessler-Kolligs bequest – Kolligs being the maiden name of Kessler’s mother.

Work Data

Basic Information

Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1934 by bequest from Hugo Kessler

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Source
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984


  • 11HH(CATHERINE) the virgin martyr Catherine of Alexandria; possible attributes: book, crown, emperor Maxentius, palm-branch, ring, sword, wheel

Research and Discussion


Object History
Hugo Kessler (1856-1929), Frankfurt
Nachlass Hugo Kessler, 1929
als Vermächtnis "Kessler-Kolligs" an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 1934.


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