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Altar of St. Catherine
St. Catherine

The Altar of St. Catherine of Alexandria displays a beautiful painting of the martyrdom of the saint by Jacopo Palma the Younger.
The picture shows St. Catherine being rescued by an angel from the torture of the wheel, while her executioners are killed.
The altar is completed by the Lombard style sepulchral urn of theVenetian Captain Jacopo Barbaro and a small marble relief of St.Joseph of Copertino in glory. The following monument is the Altar of St. Joseph of Copertino known as the saint of flight. The altar assumed its present form in 1753 when the statues by Alessandro Vittoria were removed and replaced by the painting by Giuseppe Nogari depicting the saint in ecstasy before the holy cross.
More statues by Vittoria are above the altar and on the sides, but his masterpiece stands in the centre: the statue of St. Jerome ( 1564 ),whose anatomical realism, strength and expression are worthy of Michelangelo's works.
Another fine monument nearby is the one commissioned by the Serenissima in 1666 for the Prince of Modena Almerico d'Este, commander of the French auxiliary troops during the war of Candia.

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