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Vita S. Benedicti
Italy, perhaps in Padua, ca. 1450
MS M.184 fol. 4v

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Benedict of Montecassino: Scene, departing for the Desert -- Youthful Benedict of Montecassino, nimbed, wearing hat and hooded red mantle, walks on shore of stream amid trees and hilly landscape, before reclining lion and crenellated walls and towers of city. Miniature within frame for Chapter 1 of Book II of Dialogues; Benedict of Montecassino desiring a more spiritual life, departs for the desert.

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