Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Artist: Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp)

Artist: Attributed to Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)

Date: early 17th century

Medium: Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white; contours traced with stylus for transfer.

Dimensions: sheet: 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.2 x 27 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, the Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1961

Accession Number: 61.68


This drawing is made after Rubens' painting in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. It is the preparatory drawing for the engraving by Lucas Vorsterman. Therefore, the contours are traced with a stylus to transfer the composition to the copperplate. To facilitate the engraver's work, a lot of attention was paid to the division of light and dark within the composition. The sheet was possibly made by Anthony van Dyck and retouched in pen by Rubens.