Marie Altar Scene: The St. Catherine and Mary Magdalene

painting by the Swiss artist Konrad WitzThis painting by the Swiss painter Konrad Witz shows St. Catherine and Mary Magdalene inside what appears to be a chapel. Witz obviously put a lot of effort into the folds of each women’s dresses – perhaps going a bit too far but it does provide a great example how painters were changing how they depicted the human form in the years leading up to the Renaissance. I did not find much commentary about this painting but assume by it’s central placement that the golden wheel positioned between the two women has great significance.

To learn more about the artist and to view other famous paintings attributed to him, please visit our biography on Konrad Witz.