Saint Peter Released from Prison

Predella panel from the high altarpiece of San Pier Maggiore, Florence, designed by Niccolaio and made in collaboration with Matteo di Pacino (Italian, 1359-1394); other panels from the altarpiece are in the National Gallery, London (569-578); the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the Pinacoteca Vaticana (no. 107, no. 113, no. 21.04); (formerly) the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano, Switzerland; and (formerly) the Sacerdoti Collection, Milan

Jacopo di Cione, Italian (active Florence), first documented 1365, died 1398/1400

Geography:
Made in Florence, Italy, Europe

Date:
1370-1371

Medium:
Tempera and tooled gold on panel

Dimensions:
15 5/16 x 20 5/8 inches (38.9 x 52.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

* Gallery 210, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 4

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
On the left an angel appears to Peter in prison, and on the right the same angel leads him out past sleeping guards. This small painting comes from a series of panels depicting the apostle's life. The panels formed the predella, or base, of the high altarpiece in the now-destroyed Florentine church of San Pier Maggiore, which was dedicated to Peter.


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