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Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Date:
ca. 1175–80
Geography:
Made in Canterbury, Kent
Culture:
British
Medium:
Pot-metal glass, vitreous paint
Dimensions:
Overall: 25 9/16 x 12 5/8in. (65 x 32cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.232
  • Description

    Contrary to iconographic convention, Saint Lawrence here appears in supplication, amid bands of fire, rather than stretched out on the grill. This representation reflects the writings of both saints Augustine and Ambrose, which relate that Lawrence conquered the fire without—shown here licking at his feet—with the three fires within: those inflamed by the ardor of faith, the love of Christ, and the true knowledge of God, which are represented here by the bands of fire at waist and shoulder level and by the column of fire above his head.

    The attribution of the panel to Canterbury is based largely on style; its precise location in the cathedral choir has not been determined. The bearded head is not that of Saint Lawrence but came from elsewhere in the same glazing program and was later inserted, probably in the nineteenth century; most of the inscription and much of the architectural framings are recent restorations to complete the panel.

  • Provenance

    Christ Church Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent; Dr. J. Francis Grayling , Sittingbourne, Kent (until 1923) ; Bertram Christian , London (1923–1952) ; Gerard Kirsopp Lake , New Canaan, CT (1952–1972) ; Lydia Kirsopp Lake , Lexington, MA (1972–1984)

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