11 February 2019

Museum Monday 2019/6

Nell Gwynn in the Guise of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, by Sir Peter Lely and Workshop, from the Berkeley Art Museum's recent exhibit Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection. Catherine of Alexandra, shown here with her traditional attributes, the wheel on which she was tortured to death and a martyr's palm, was one of the most popular virgin saints of the early Church. Nell Gwynn was a Restoration actress and the long-time mistress of King Charles II.

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