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Vita S. Benedicti
Italy, perhaps in Padua, ca. 1450
MS M.184 fol. 39r

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Benedict of Montecassino: Last Meeting with Scholastica -- Accompanied by three kneeling nuns, two with joined hands raised, Scholastica of Montecassino, nimbus with rays, all wearing wimpled veils and habits, also kneels, extends hands to grasp and kiss extended right hand of Benedict of Montecassino, nimbus with rays, bearded and tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, holding book in left hand, accompanied by two tonsured monks, wearing habits, one partly wearing hood. Scene in grassy monastery garden with tree, church and monastery walls in background. Miniature within frame at beginning of Chapter 33 of Book of II Dialogues; Scholastica of Montecassino, sister of Benedict of Montecassino, goes to visit the monastery.

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