Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Palermo (Giacomo Serpotta)


Serpotta Oratorio San Lorenzo: martyrdom of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo)

The martyrdom of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo). Note the interesting figures to the right: A man pointing, trying to make the child see what is happening.

The interior of Oratorio di San Lorenzo in Palermo was designed by Giacomo Amato and decorated (1699-1707) with stuccoes by Giacomo Serpotta illustrating the lives of St Lawrence and St Francis.


Oratorio di San Lorenzo in Palermo

Curious boy watching the mini theatre.


Serpotta. San Lorenzo

Another curious putto watching what is happening.


Giacomo Serpotta putto in Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Palermo

Stucco by Giacomo Serpotta in the Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Palermo.



Giacomo Serpotta: Woman breastfeeding - Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Palermo



Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Palermo

The martyrdom of Saint Lawrence to the right.


Serpotta stucci, San Lorenzo Oratory

Misericordia and Charitas.


The Serpotta Oratories in Palermo

Oratorio of Santa Cita (1668–1718)

Oratorio of San Lorenzo (1690/98–1706)

Oratorio di San Domenico (1710–17)

Oratorio di Santa Caterina D’Alessandria

Oratorio di San Mercurio



Saint Lawrence (AD 225–258)

Saint Lawrence (AD 225–258) was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred in the persecution of the Christians, ordered by the Roman Emperor Valerian in 258.


Where to Find the Most Important Serpotta Oratorios in Palermo

Serpotta oratorios in Palermo (map)



Lorenzo in other languages

Lawrence (English)

Laurent (de Rome) (French)

Laurentius (Latin, German, Danish)

Lars (Swedish)

Laurentius (av Roma) or Lavrans (Norwegian)

Lorenzo (Spanish)




See: Donald Garstang: Giacomo Serpotta and the Stuccatori of Palermo 1560–1790.