Saint Benedict admitting Saints into the Order

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 the monastery was dedicated.

'Saint Benedict admitting Saints into the Order' illustrates an episode from the life of Saint Benedict and shows Saints Maurus and Placidus, among Benedict's first followers, being admitted to the Order.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1399; died 1423 or 1424
Full title
Saint Benedict admitting Saints Maurus and Placidus into the Benedictine Order: Predella Panel
Date made
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
28.8 x 38.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Henry Wagner, 1912
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: San Benedetto Altarpiece

Lorenzo Monaco
Lorenzo Monaco: 'The Coronation of the Virgin'