Saint Mamas in Prison thrown to the Lions
This painting is part of the group: The Pistoia Santa Trinità Altarpiece

This painting forms part of the predella, or base of the Santa Trinità Altarpiece. The scene here shows Mamas in Prison thrown to the Lions. Other scenes from the predella include: the Beheading of James the Great; Zeno exorcising the daughter of the Emperor Gallienus; and Jerome and the Lion. The predella was probably painted by Lippi and his workshop in Prato, between 1458 and 1460.

A fifth predella panel showing the vision of Saint Augustine while pondering the mystery of the Trinity has recently been identified as belonging to the altarpiece in the Hermitage, St Petersburg.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
born about 1406; died 1469
Full title
Saint Mamas in Prison thrown to the Lions: Predella Panel
Group
Date made
1455-60
Medium and support
Egg tempera, tempera grassa and oil on wood
Dimensions
27 x 39.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mr and Mrs Felix M. Warburg through The Art Fund, 1937
Inventory number
NG4868.1
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Pistoia Santa Trinità Altarpiece

Painting
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and Workshop
1455-60
Francesco Pesellino: 'Saints Mamas and James'
Painting
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop
1455-60
Francesco Pesellino: 'The Trinity'
Painting
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop
1455-60
Francesco Pesellino and completed by Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop: 'Angel (Right Hand)'
Painting
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop
1455-60
Francesco Pesellino and completed by Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop: 'Angel (Left Hand)'
Painting
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop
1455-60
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop: 'The Pistoia Santa Trinità Altarpiece'
Painting
Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop
1455-60
Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop: 'Saint Zeno exorcising the Daughter of Gallienus'
Painting
Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop
1455-60
Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop: 'Saint Jerome and the Lion: Predella Panel'