Catherine of Siena

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Catherine of Si·en·a

 (sē-ĕn′ə, syĕ′nä), Saint 1347-1380.
Italian religious leader who mediated a peace between the Florentines and Pope Urban VI in 1378.

Catherine of Siena

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(Biography) Saint. 1347–80, Italian mystic and ascetic; patron saint of the Dominican order. Feast day: April 29
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Vasari says that as a result of his work there Beccafumi became 'a bold draughtsman, fertile in invention', yet he cannot himself have been satisfied with his work, since he returned to Pisa to study draughtsmanship under II Sodoma, from whom he seems to have learned so much that he went on to paint his large, imposing but bizarre St Catharine of Siena in Ecstasy, which was so greatly admired that he received many commissions and subsequently the contract for the frescoes in the proud civic buildings of Siena.