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
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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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