Saint Catherine Triumphant over Emperor Maximinus Daia Anonymous, around 1500

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Women’s Ingenuity

The Roman Catholic religion offered above all the Mother of God and saints as female models. Saint Catherine is one of the 14 Holy Helpers and, among other things, the patron saint of schools and philosophical faculties. This is related to her ability to convince others with wisdom and arguments. In a public debate, she successfully converted 50 of the best Roman scholars to Christianity. Finally, Catherine was decapitated for her faith by command of Roman Emperor Maximinus Daia. The wooden sculpture was installed on the building in Heinrichstraße 45.

Wood with remnants of the framing
156 × 65 cm; pedestal: 18 × 65 cm
Graz Museum / Photo: Arno Friebes