(1413 - 1463)
Caterina dei Vigri was a highly educated Bolognese painter and abbess, who was eventually canonized and adopted as the patron saint of the city of Bologna and artists everywhere. Bologna was exceptional throughout the centuries after her death because of the opportunities it allowed women. Its university was the only in Italy to admit women, and it was host to some of the most important female artists of the Renaissance.
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Marco Antonio Franceschini, Saint Caterina Vigri Painting, 1723. Oil on canvas. 56 x 51 inches (142 x 129 cm). Courtesy of Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
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