Sano di Pietro, Scenes from the Life of St. Peter Martyr

Circa 1440
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome

I have been unable to identify the first and third of these four panels.

#1. A woman in bed, a young man with a sword. Nothing answering to this image appears in the Legend or in Thomas of Lentino's Vita.

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#2. This is almost surely the vision reported by Thomas of Lentino in which the Virgin Mary tells Peter that God has granted him the courage to continue to work against the heretics even at the risk of his life (Acta Sanctorum, April vol. 3, 714). The vision occurred while the saint was asleep, as is suggested by the bed in the background.

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#3. Three women with distaffs approach and then pray at an altar, presumably in the church in Milan that housed Peter's relics. In what I have read of Peter I have found plenty of women but no trios, no distaffs.

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#4 Two cripples approach the same altar seen in #3. This could be a reference to the story of the two paralytics in Thomas of Lentino (Acta Sanctorum, April vol. 3, 714). The first of the paralytics was brought to the Milan church by his mother and cured there, but the second was simply cured at home when his mother prayed to St. Peter Martyr.

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Photographed at the Pinacoteca Vaticana by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.