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St. Catherine of Siena asks Christ to release Palmertina, Girolamo di Benvenuto

St. Catherine of Siena asks Christ to release Palmertina, Girolamo di Benvenuto

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St. Catherine of Siena asks Christ to release Palmertina - Girolamo di Benvenuto

Girolamo di Benvenuto worked mainly in Siena and its environs, so St. On a small panel, the time of creation of which is unknown, an episode from the legend about her and another Dominican nun named Palmertina is transmitted. Contrary to Catherine’s attempts to make peace with Palmertina, she fed an irreconcilable malice to the saint. Despite this, when Palmertina became mortally ill, Catherine prayed that she would not be condemned to eternal torment, dying unrepentant. The first part of the panel depicts Christ surrounded by cherubs, who appeared to Catherine during prayer and warned her that Palmertine was not saved; Behind Catherine’s back, the devil, usually on duty at the deathbed of sinners to steal their souls, has in his paws a long list of Palmertina's sins. Catherine's pleas eventually persuaded Christ not to let Palmertina die until she completely repents, and thus depriving the devil of prey. On the stage on the right side of the panel, Catherine and the monk are present at the death bed of Palmertina, who finally completely repented and reconciled with the saint.

ST EKATERINA SIENSKAYA. Catherine (c. 1347-1380) resisted her parents' attempts to marry her and joined the Dominican order to take care of the poor and sick. She experienced many mystical trials: in one of them, Christ offered her a choice of two crowns - gold and thorns, and she chose the thorns; in another, she received stigma; and, like Catherine of Alexandria, entered into a mystical marriage with Christ.

Catherine devoted all her life to the strengthening and purification of papal authority. She is considered the patroness of Italy and is revered in her hometown of Siena, where Domenico Beccafumi (c. 1486-1551) portrayed her in white monastic clothes (to convey her purity), receiving stigma. On other paintings, she is in black and white vestments of the Order of the Dominicans, can hold a lily or rosary or show her stigma.

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