Lotto, The Passion of St. Barbara

Oratorio Suardi, Trescore Balneario, Italy

Scenes from the torture and martyrdom of St. Barbara, as narrated in Caxton: html or pdf (left to right):

  1. Barbara has the third window put into the tower.
  2. In the white house: Barbara tells her father Dioscorus about the Trinity and then flees from his rage into the hills (see detail)
  3. Starting in the street and continuing up the hill: Dioscorus follows after his daughter (see detail).
  4. On the left side of the pale rose building: Barbara is arraigned, stripped, and tortured.
  5. On the right side of that building: The second day, more torture.
  6. On the plaza right of the building and the building that gives onto it: The judge orders her led naked through the streets (see detail).
  7. On the mountaintop at right: Dioscorus beheads his daughter (left) and is then consumed by a fire from Heaven (right).

In the ten roundels formed by vines from Jesus' hand are various saints, the "branches" of which he is the vine (John 15:5). The five on the left are hard to identify. On the right (left to right) are St. John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, St. Stephen, St. Benedict, and a bishop saint with a book and a spear.

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Source: Web Gallery of Art