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Vita S. Benedicti
Italy, perhaps in Padua, ca. 1450
MS M.184 fol. 2r

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Benedict of Montecassino: Scene, Baptism -- Tonsured priest pours water from pitcher over head of swaddled infant Benedict of Montecassino, supported by man wearing brimmed hat, above hexagonal font. All flanked by groups of women, wearing veils or snoods, and men, wearing hats. In foreground are two male children, one holding book, and the other holding handle of container and dish (?). Scene in church interior with three apses, arched windows and wooden ceiling. Miniature within architectural frame for Introduction of Book II of Dialogues

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