This rare painting was created by three Mannerist artists from Lombardy. During the 1620s Scipione Torsco from Milan commissioned three artists to paint this dramatic work. Although working simultaneously they concentrated on different parts of the painting. Procaccini painted the figure of St Rufina and the consoling angel on the right. Cerano created the figures on the left, the decapitated St Seconde, the curious dog, the angel and the knight. Morazzone painted the executioner, the rider in shadow and the angel in flight.