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Saint Lawrence among the Poor and Sick

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This painting represents four episodes from the life of Saint Lawrence (d.258). To the right, he heals a kneeling widow. In the centre a blind man is cured and the feet of the poor are washed. The saint reappears in the centre, responding to Roman officials who demand the Church’s goods. He points to the poor and sick, saying ‘Here is the church’s treasure’. This act of rebellion led to his martyrdom.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

before 1588

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 61.5 x W 73.5 cm

Accession number

88.1

Acquisition method

purchased, 1988

Work type

Painting


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