Mariotto di Nardo
Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence
Mariotto di Nardo, Italian, Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, ca. 1408, Tempera and gold on panel; 23.5 x 31.1 x 5.1 cm (9 5/16 x 12 5/16 x 2 inches) updated during painting inventory project 12/3/04, Museum Appropriation Fund 17.520
This panel represents the torture of Saint Lawrence, an early Christian martyr who was persecuted and condemned to death on the gridiron by the Roman Emperor Valerian. According to legend, the saint’s naked body was miraculously untouched by the flames. The panel was originally part of a predella, a band of scenes set below the central image of an altarpiece. A second panel from this predella, depicting Saint Francis, is also in the Museum’s collection (17.521).