Master of the St. Mary Polyptych (attrib.)
The Palazzo Bellomo St. Lawrence Altarpiece
Palazzo Bellomo, Syracuse, Sicily
St. Lawrence is seated on his throne in heaven wearing a dalmatic and holding the martyr's palm in his left hand and a book in his right. The throne sits on a gridiron placed over a recumbent figure most likely representing the Emperor Decius, who the Legend says ordered Lawrence's death.
Above the saint is a panel with the Virgin Enthroned. The six panels along the side present the sequence of the saint's passion. Besides the Golden Legend, they may have been influenced by a Latin vita that had details not found in the Legend, such as the burial of Sixtus and the use of "claws" in the torture of the saint. The vita is in Acta Sanctorum, August vol. 2, 518-19.
The six panels are as follows:
Photographed at the site by Claire Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.