Saint Catherine
772 x 1063 • 196 KB
John Ruskin commissioned Saint Catherine, but he later refused it. In an 1857 letter to Rossetti, he wrote,
‘I don’t at all like my picture now; the alteration of the head from the stoop forward to the throw back makes the whole figure stiff and stupid. ... You’ll find out in six months what an absurdity that St Catherine is’.
Rossetti found someone else to buy the painting.
The figure of Saint Catherine holds a palm branch and a wheel, emblems of her martyrdom.

Rossetti's future wife Elizabeth Siddall modelled for Saint Catherine.

Owner/Location: Tate Britain - London  (United Kingdom - London)
Dates: 1857
Artist age:Approximately 29 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 34.3 cm (13.5 in.), Width: 24.1 cm (9.49 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member chris_mccormick on 14 August 2001.
Average rating: (4.0, 1 votes)
Your rating:
Add artwork to a list
Send message about this artwork
Our Approach:
Here at The Athenaeum, we work very hard to make this site a sanctuary from the commercial web. We want to provide 99% of our content for free (and currently, *all* of it is free), and not to blast you with advertising. However, we are not a rich company or foundation. This site is a labour of love produced over many years by a couple of people. Since late 2000 when we started the site, we have invested thousands of dollars of our personal money to keep it going. Currently, the hosting service costs us about $200 a month. If you would like to support The Athenaeum, you can donate directly through Paypal below, or shop using any of the links on this page.
Purchase a hand-painted reproduction from 1st Art Gallery.

Buy posters or prints by Dante Gabriel Rossetti at