Leo, Emperor of the Armenians, Killed in the Presence of His Mother
- Art Funded
- 27 x 29 cm
- Art Fund grant
- £3,750 (Total: £15,000)
- Julien Stock
This is a preparatory study in the rare medium of oil on paper for one of the frescoes of the ceiling of San Maria Maggiore, Rome.
It illustrates God's vengeance on iconoclasts: the gruesome death of the Emperor Leo, foretold to his mother in a dream of the Virgin, came about because of his persecution of worshippers of holy images.
Sir Thomas Lawrence.