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Vita S. Benedicti
Italy, perhaps in Padua, ca. 1450
MS M.184 fol. 34r

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Benedict of Montecassino: Scene, healing Leper -- Among six male attendants, two wearing hats, one, bearded, with arms crossed on breast, two partly kneel, one with arms crossed on breast, wearing knife in sheath tied on belt, both flank bier on which sits male youth, outstretched legs, with joined hands raised, all look toward Benedict of Montecassino, nimbed, bearded, wearing hooded monks habit, extending right hand in blessing and with left hand holding book, accompanied by two monks in monastery doorway, one wearing hooded habit, and one, tonsured, with joined hands raised. Scene in grassy exterior of monastery with walls, apse and arcade in background. Miniature within frame at end of Chapter 26 of Book II of Dialogues; Benedict of Montecassino cures a boy of leprosy (leprosy on the boy is not pictured, although textually supported).

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