Acts 16:20 – 24
They (the owners of the slave girl) brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fasted their feet in the stocks.
This fresco’s style carries influences of artists from Michelangelo (the articulated muscles of the man’s back) to Caravaggio (the strong left-to-right light/shadow lines) to Pontormo (the vivid color scheme). The magistrate is on the left. The central arch reveals the yellow sky over rising clouds. The right arch shows a towered building along the horizon. While this was most likely a fortress-style home, the tower and roof line foreshadow a church. The trials and persecution of the disciples and Christians would be followed by the development of the church (and it embodiment in the church building… remember all that Building a Roman church stuff of which I wrote?).