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.
Leo, Emperor of the Armenians, Killed in the Presence of His Mother by Giovanni Baglione, 16111612
© British Museum
- Oil on paper Dimensions: 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.