Anna Selbdritt Private Devotional Altarpiece

Swabia, circa 1490
The Cloisters, New York City

St. Catherine of Alexandria is on the left panel, the other side of which has St. Ursula. On the right panel is St. Barbara, with St. Dorothy on the other side. Presumably the kneeling figures are the patrons; Nixon, p. 146, suggests that the furry clothing on the male figure may refer to John the Baptist and thus identify the patron's name as Johann. Nixon adds that an unusually large number of such altarpieces survive from the period.

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