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Vita S. Benedicti
Italy, perhaps in Padua, ca. 1450
MS M.184 fol. 26r

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Benedict of Montecassino: Scene, prophesying Destruction of Monastery -- Group of ten monks, wearing hooded habits, the foremost with joined hands raised, stand beside Benedict of Montecassino, nimbus with rays, tonsured and bearded, wearing monk’s habit, gesturing toward Theoprobus of Montecassino, wearing hat, with joined hands raised, both sitting on bench. To right, youthful male with arms crossed on breast beside arched doorway. Scene in room with wooden ceiling. Miniature within frame for Chapter 17 of Book II of Dialogues; Benedict of Montecassino foretold the destruction of one of his monasteries.

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