During a conversation on the contents of various holy books, this painting came up. I prefer it in some ways to the more famous depiction by Caravaggio.
Doesn't she look nonchalant? Anyway, these sorts of paintings always confused Young Amber, since they purported to depict Bible stories but they weren't in the Bible I had. Is there some kind of field guide to saints and religious figures in European art? Once you get beyond "Catherine is the lady with the wheel," my knowledge gets pretty tenuous. This strikes me as something that could be a great iPhone app, with searchable tags and little samples to identify the figures.