The Death of Saint Benedict: Predella Panel

1407-9, Lorenzo Monaco

This painting is part of the group: San Benedetto Altarpiece
On loan from a private collection, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
This panel is one of three in the Collection which were probably part of the predella of an altarpiece of the Coronation of the Virgin, commissioned for the Camaldolese monastery of San Benedetto fuori della Porta Pinti, Florence. They illustrate the life of Saint Benedict (about 480 - 547) whose rule the Camaldolese monks followed, and to whom their monastery in Florence was dedicated.

In 'The Death of Saint Benedict' the saint is shown lying on his deathbed or funeral bier. At the top of the panel, his soul is lifted into heaven from a green pall illuminated with torches.

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