About this artwork

Two Roman officers have ordered the unidentified saint and his companion to be beaten to death. They have been brought before the officers by a group of soldiers who witness their martyrdom. The setting is like a stage with a gold backdrop, the doorway on the left and the Romans' seat of judgement serving as symbolic scenery and props. The panel is one of two in the collection, painted originally as part of a predella of five scenes at the base of an altarpiece.

Master of the San Lucchese Altarpiece

Master of the San Lucchese Altarpiece

This Italian artist, whose precise identity has not yet been discovered, was named by art historians after an altarpiece once in the church of S.Lucchese, Poggibonsi, south of Florence. Other works made in a similar style have been attributed to the same painter. These pictures suggest that he was influenced by the Florentine artist Maso di Banco, and that he was active from about 1350 to 1420.