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Title St Lawrence
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Brodie Castle)
Artist Attributed to Spanish School
Previously attributed to Murillo, Bartolomé Estebán (Spanish painter and draftsman, 1618-1682)
Date Earliest possibly 1620
Date Latest possibly 1650
Description St Lawrence is seen half-length, wearing a golden-pink brocade dalmatic, which is painted in great detail. In his left hand he holds the instrument of his martyrdom, the iron grate upon which he was grilled alive. He looks towards the radiant light in the upper left, where a hand is offering a wreath of laurel and two palm leaves, the symbols of triumph and martyrdom. His actual martyrdom is depicted in the lower left background. St Lawrence, the patron saint of the monastery of the Escorial, is frequently depicted in Spanish art.
Current Accession Number 73.98
Subject religion (St Lawrence)
Measurements 101.6 x 81.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Ninian, 25th Brodie of Brodie, 1980.
Provenance Possibly with William, 22nd Brodie of Brodie by about 1824; by descent to Ninian, 25th Brodie of Brodie.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author Dr Claudia Heide

 

 

 

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