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Vita S. Benedicti
Italy, perhaps in Padua, ca. 1450
MS M.184 fol. 14r

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Benedict of Montecassino: Scene, Animals at Stream -- Unicorn, with front hooves in stream, beside bird, both lowering heads to water, surrounded by lion, bear, deer, goat, dove, camel, fox, cheetah (with red collar around its neck), dog, eagle, monkey (with red collar around its neck), and snake on shores, in hilly landscape with trees. Miniature within frame at beginning of Chapter 8 of Book II of Dialogues; illustration is artistic interpretation not textually supported.

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