St. Lawrence Ascends to Heaven

Franciscan Museum, Dubrovnik, Croatia

In the lower third of the painting we see the gridiron on which Lawrence was roasted to death and the defeated demon. In the middle, Lawrence presents his palm of martyrdom to a female figure on the right.

One expects that figure to be St. Helena, from the tall cross and model on her right of what appears to be the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. But she does not wear a crown as Helena usually does, and why would Lawrence be welcomed into Heaven by someone who was not yet born when he was martyred?

Above, in Heaven proper, the Holy Spirit as a dove shines its light upon the mind of the female figure.

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.