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    The martyrdom of St Lawrence; he lies on a gridiron over a fire and three robed priests argue with him; a figure prods the saint with a long forked pole and another stoops and blows the flames with a pipe; a figure kneels to collect charcoal from a bucket and another cuts a rope tying a bundle of wood; a crowd watches from a distance at the base of a large monument with a statue of Jupiter; a Roman emperor, wearing a wreath and holding a baton, supervises and sits on a horse at right


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    • 1650 (circa)
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    • Height: 485 millimetres
    • Width: 690 millimetres
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        Lettered in lower left corner "Barth.Breenbergh inventor et Pinxit". Lettered in the margin in two lines "Beatus Laurentius ... Roma Laurentio".
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    • Hollstein 3 bibliographic details
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    D+F XVIIc Mounted Atlas

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    2004-5 Oct-Jan, Birmingham, Barber Inst, Bartolomeus Breenbergh

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'Martyrdom of St. Lawrence', by Cornelius Cort after Titian

'Martyrdom of St. Lawrence', by Cornelius Cort after Titian

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