The Death of Saint Benedict: Predella Panel

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1399; died 1423 or 1424
Full title
The Death of Saint Benedict: Predella Panel
Date made
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
28.5 × 51.8 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: San Benedetto Altarpiece

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