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Matyrdom of St Lawrence
17th Century
Giovan BARBIERI detto il Guercino
Matyrdom of St Lawrence
[Martirio di San Lorenzo]
Oil on canvas
256 x 168 cm  [HxW]
Private Collection

St Lawrence was roasted alive for offering the poor and the sick to a Roman soldier who had demanded the treasures of the Church. Significant action is conveyed by gesture or a glance. The left of the painting was probably commenced ten years prior to the completion of the right hand side of the painting.

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