Vittore Carpaccio
St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Veneranda

Circa 1500
Tempera on panel
Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona

St. Veneranda is a virgin martyr listed under November 14 in the Roman Martyrology, which says she was executed for the faith in Gaul during the reign of Antoninus Pius (138-61). In her few portraits she usually holds a small cross in her hand.

I have not yet seen any medieval or earlier accounts of this saint. Some online contemporary sources say that in her legend she was boiled in oil. Perhaps the little man in the painting holding what appears to be firewood is a reference to this.

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Source: Web Gallery of Art