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.


Oil on paper
27 x 29 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,750 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
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.


Sir Thomas Lawrence.

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