"Barend Wynveld. (Dutch.) Amsterdam. Professor in the Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam. Death of Angelus Merula, 1557. 62 x 42. Merula was one of the victims of the persecution by which Philip II, of Spain, thought to uproot Calvinism among the Dutch. He is shown in the painting as having just died on the spot where he was to have been burned alive. The ox-cart, in which he has been drawn to the place of execution, is on the right. The executioner is asking the inquisitors, what to do with the corpse. They tell him to carry out the sentence on it. This was done on the 26th of July, 1557. The hut-like structure is the narrow enclosure in which he was to have been burned."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.