Guariento di Arpo, Coronation of the Virgin Altarpiece:
Detail, Saints Narcissus of Jerusalem and Catherine of Alexandria
Tempera and gold leaf on panel
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
St. Narcissus of Jerusalem is identified by his mitre, crozier, and pitcher. The legend relayed in Eusebius (XXVI, ix) is that when there was no oil for the Easter Vigil lamps he poured water into them from a pitcher. The water turned to oil and burned perfectly. His feast is on October 29. See Butler, IV, 217 and the Acta Sanctorum, October vol. 12, 782-90.
St. Catherine of Alexandria's attributes are a spiked wheel and a martyr's palm. She wears a crown in many of her medieval images: this was a common feature of medieval portraits of virgin martyrs, and in Catherine's case it also reflects the belief that she had been a queen.
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