(b. 1477, Vercelli, d. 1549, Siena)

The Beheading of Niccolò di Tuldo

San Domenico, Siena

In the Cappella di Santa Caterina of the Sienese church of San Domenico, Sodoma's mural paintings dominate the decoration. Only the left-hand wall was completed by Sodoma. The prospect shows Catherine saving the soul of Niccolò di Tuldo: she converts the conspirator before his execution; when the head of the dead man is presented to the people, she sees his soul floating into heaven. Sodoma uses particular means to bring us close to the scene. The lower balustrade is wide open; steps seem to lead out of the chapel to the site of the execution.