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“I vividly remember going to church with him in Bournemouth. He was a devout Roman Catholic and it was soon after the Church had changed the liturgy (from Latin to English). My grandfather obviously didn't agree with this and made all the responses very loudly in Latin while the rest of the congregation answered in English. I found the whole experience quite excruciating, but my grandfather was oblivious. He simply had to do what he believed to be right.”
— Simon Tolkien (2003)

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St. Catherine of Alexandria, November 25th
published 18 November 2013 by Gwyneth Holston

GWYN_St. Catherine of Alexandria have always loved this portrait of St. Catherine of Alexandria by Lorenzo Lotto, painted in 1522. Her intelligent gaze is in keeping with her reputation for theological brilliance. Lotto managed to communicate her enigmatic confidence by placing her centrally in the composition and cocking her head to one side. The red dress flames at us against the dark backgroundreminding us of her martyrdom.

Notice how her hands are demurely placed so as to reveal a mystical wedding ring on one hand and the martyr’s palm held like a scholar’s quill pen in the other. The mantle about her shoulders delicately drapes the spiked wheel on which she was condemned to be tortured.

My favorite detail of this painting is the strand of pearls loops on the points of her crown. Although her works in this life were as so many pearls before swine, she was happy to cast them from her in order to obtain the pearl of great price.