"The mystical marriage of St. Catherine has been a favourite subject of the painters and their employers. To the first it afforded an agreeable combination of the graces of art; while the latter, not unfrequently, encouraged the legendary tale as tending to excite in the unpractised bosom of a daughter, where the family were numerous, a desire to embrace the seclusion of a cloister. At the first glance it might be imagined, that, through inadvertence, the painter suffered the bambino to place the ring on the finger of the right hand of the bride; but Antonio, the biographer of the saint, asserts the supposed ceremony to have thus occurred. The finger and the ring are preserved in the church of catherine, in the Strada Giulia, at Rome, and are carried in procession annually on the second Monday of May. The saint was a native of Siena; she suffered martyrdom A.D. 1380, in the thirty third year of her age." [P. 10.]
Gallery of Pictures, selected from the most admired productions of the Old Masters, Doggett's Repository, No. 16 Market-Street.