St. Catherine (The Miraculous Wedding)

St. Catherine (The Miraculous Wedding)

Sir Alfred Gilbert, R. A. (1854-1934)

1900

Bronze

20 1/2 inches (52.2 cm)

Exhibited: Victorian High Renaissance (107b)

Another cast [front view]

Standing on the circular dragon base like St. George used for the figures of saints on the Clarence Memonal, The ''Miraculous Wedding must have been conceived as part of the onginal scheme. However it was neither used nor included in the plan of the tomb published by The Times, (4th August 1898). Richard Dorment (RA, 1986) describes The Miraculous Wedding as "A fusion of the imagery of both St. Catherine of Egypt, represented as a heavily veiled Eastern woman, and St. Catherine of Siena, who mystically wed the Christ Child." Both St. Catherine of Egypt and St. Catherine of Siena appear in the published list and were included among the final figures modelled for the tomb by Gilbert, 1926-28.