Leo, Emperor of the Armenians, Killed in the Presence of His Mother by Giovanni Baglione

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.

Details

Medium:
Oil on paper
Dimensions:
27 x 29 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,750 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
1993
Vendor:
Julien Stock

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.

Provenance

Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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