Saint Catherine of Alexandria, ca. 1507
Oil on wood
National Gallery, London
This woman looks more like someone from Alexandria, Virginia, than Alexandria, Egypt, but who am I to criticize a genius like Raphael?
Incidentally, if you are reading this, St. Catherine is probably your patron saint. She is the patron of teachers, unmarried women, lawyers, librarians, nurses, students, and scholars -- more than half of the people on my LJ friends lists falls into one or more of those categories.