This painting is possibly part of a predella, or lower section of an altarpiece. The main part of the story depicted here is told in the 'Golden Legend' where the young Saint Benedict is receiving food from Saint Romanus.

The angel is probably a fragment from another scene once illustrated further to the right.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1399; died 1423 or 1424
Full title
Saint Benedict in the Sacro Speco at Subiaco
Date made
about 1415-20
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
36.5 x 27.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Viscount Rothermere, 1940
Inventory number
Location in Gallery