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Vita S. Benedicti
Italy, perhaps in Padua, ca. 1450
MS M.184 fol. 35r

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Benedict of Montecassino: healing Poisoned Man -- Emerging from arched gate at left, youthful man, wearing short tunic, crosses arms at waist, beside kneeling poisoned man, wearing short tunic, extended hat in hands, his head touched by Benedict of Montecassino, nimbus with scallops, bearded, wearing hooded monk’s habit, raising right hand in blessing, accompanied by tonsured monk, wearing habit, holding book with hands. Scene in monastery exterior with church facade, second story balcony as part of monastery walls and tree in background. Miniature within frame at end of Chapter 27 of Book II of Dialogues; The enemy of a certain man had poisoned his cup, Benedict of Montecassino heals him.

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