Saint Lawrence

Saint Lawrence

c. 1490-1500


Overall: 90 cm (35 7/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1990.5


Lawrence of Rome (about AD 225-258) was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome martyred in AD 258, and became one of the most widely venerated saints during the Middle Ages. According to tradition, he met his martyrdom by being roasted on a gridiron, an attribute which he either holds or stands upon in art. (See a depiction of him by Tilman Riemenschneider nearby in this gallery.) Lawrence is always portrayed as a young man wearing the deacon’s dalmatic. The original source and context of this sculpture is not known. Since it is not carved in the round, it was likely placed within the niche of a large altarpiece.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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