Saint Lawrence was martyred for refusing to reveal what were thought to be treasures of the Church. In this work, however, the artist appears to imply a refusal to worship false gods, by the inclusion of the statue or idol on the right. Since Lawrence was martyred in Rome, the background architecture may well stand for the Forum. The picture was probably produced soon after Elsheimer settled in Rome in 1600.

The vivid depiction of the flaming gridiron in the background, on which the saint was to be martyred, is characteristic of Elsheimer's interest in contrasts between light and darkness.

On loan to the exhibition 'Adam Elsheimer' at the Stadelesches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt from March to June 2006; the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh from June to September 2006; and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London from September to December 2006.

Product Code NG1014
artist Adam Elsheimer
UK Delivery
Delivery within 15 days. More information on delivery
International Delivery
Delivery within 21 days. More information on delivery
We hope that you will love everything you buy from us, however, if you're not completely happy with your order, please contact us within 14 days of receipt. A 20% cancellation fee applies to made-to-order prints. If your order is damaged or faulty, we will arrange a replacement.

More information on Returns & Refunds

Saint Lawrence prepared for Martyrdom Print

Adam Elsheimer

More information about framed prints

20% Cancellation Fee on Made to Order products

If you decided to cancel your made-to-order print for any reason, it is unlikely that we could sell it to another customer at full selling price. We'll therefore charge a cancellation fee of 20% of the order price.