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Saint Lawrence before the Prefect
Circle of the Master of the Saint Ursula Legend (Cologne)

Saint Lawrence was commanded by the Roman Prefect Decius to reveal the treasures of the Church. He assembled the poor of Rome instead, and showed them to the Prefect. Later he was put to death.

The painting is from a series showing the life of Saint Lawrence, of which five other paintings (of a probable total of eight) still exist. They were probably made for a church in Cologne.

Key facts
Artist Circle of the Master of the Saint Ursula Legend (Cologne)
Artist dates active late 15th/early 16th century
Full title Saint Lawrence showing the Prefect the Treasures of the Church
Date made about 1510
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 130.2 x 92.7 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Sir Henry Howorth, through the Art Fund, in memory of Lady Howorth, 1922.
Inventory number NG3665
Location in Gallery Not on display
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