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Mariotto di Nardo, Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, ca. 1408, Museum Appropriation Fund

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Mariotto di Nardo

gallery location RA507.European3

Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Mariotto di Nardo Italian, Active ca. 1394 - 1424
Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, ca. 1408
Tempera and gold on panel
23.5 x 31.1 x 5.1 cm (9 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 2 inches)
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).

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