Saint Benedict Picture Gallery

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Fra Angelico's Depiction of Saint Benedict of Nursia

A detail of Benedict from a fresco in San Marco, Florence
A detail of Benedict from a fresco in San Marco, Florence St. Benedict, from a mural by Fra Angelico. Public Domain

A collection of portraits, carvings, and other images related to Saint Benedict

Staint Benedict of Nursia lived in the sixth century and was a hermit and a recluse, yet he drew flocks of admiring monkish followers. Still, no contemporary painted his portrait and we have no specific description of his features. As with most early medieval figures, it has fallen to later artists and their imaginations to provide us with images of Benedict. He is almost always depicted as gentle, wise and fatherly.

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This image is in the public domain and is free for your use.

Fra Angelico was a monk whose artistic works were so heart-wrenchingly beautiful he was given the name "Angelic." The above picture of St. Benedict is part of a mural he painted in the Monastery of San Marco, Florence, where he lived from 1439 to 1445.

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Benedikt von Nursia

Stone carving of the saint
Stone carving Stone carving of the saint. Public Domain

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This image of Saint Benedict can be found in Münsterschwarzach, Germany.

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Benedict in Prayer

Sixteenth-century painting by Meister von Meßkirch
Sixteenth-century painting by Meister von Meßkirch Benedict in Prayer. Public Domain

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As a young man, Benedict turned his back on the depravity and corruption of Rome and fled to the hills, where he became a hermit. He lived alone in a cave for three years, provided with food and monastic clothing by the monk Romanus. This 16th-century painting by Meister von Meßkirch depicts that episode in Benedict's life.

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Scenes from the life of St. Benedict

Stone carving c. 1250
Stone carving c. 1250 Scenes from the life of St. Benedict. Photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen, kindly released into the Public Domain.

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This piece was carved sometime in the mid-thirteenth century. It is from the abbey church of Saint-Denis.

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Saint Benedict Writing His Rule

Portrait by Herman Nieg
Portrait by Herman Nieg Saint Benedict Writing His Rule. Public Domain

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Benedict continued to inspire artists through the centuries. This work by Herman Nieg was painted in 1926, and can be found in the church of Heiligenkreuz Abbey, near Baden bei Wien, Austria.

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Saint Benedict Restores a Monk to Life

Depiction by Lorenzo Monaco
Depiction by Lorenzo Monaco Saint Benedict Restores a Monk to Life. Public Domain

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Like Fra Angelico, Don Lorenzo Monaco was a monk and an artist. His Scenes from the Life of Saint Benedict are characterized by forceful, vivid colors. In this installment, Saint Benedict brings a monk back to life after he's been crushed by a falling wall; by the crumbling stone, an imp hovers, waiting to cause more trouble.

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Benedict Tried by the Devil

Painting by Lorenzo Monaco
Painting by Lorenzo Monaco Benedict Tried by the Devil. Public Domain

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A Camaldolite monk, Lorenzo Monaco painted a series of works focusing on St. Benedict. In this scene, a small devil tries to lure a monk away from his brother monks.