(b. 1548, Venezia, d. 1628, Venezia)
St Lawrence Giving the Wealth to the Poor1581-82
Oil on canvas. 284 x 382 cm
San Giacomo dall'Orio, Venice
This first act in a Tridentine decorative concept focuses on confession. Lawrence has been invited to hand over the Church's wealth to the emperor but prefers to distribute it to the poor, indicating those thus assisted to the tyrannical functionary. Rhetorically effective, the painting reinforces its message with meticulous attention to gesture.