Humanities › History & Culture Saint Benedict Picture Gallery Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture Medieval & Renaissance History People & Events Daily Life American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Melissa Snell History Expert B.A., History, University of Texas at Austin Melissa Snell is a historical researcher and writer specializing in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. She authored the forward for "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades." our editorial process Melissa Snell Updated March 17, 2017 01 of 07 Fra Angelico's Depiction of Saint Benedict of Nursia 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. Do you have a portrait of Benedict or other images related to the saint that you'd like to share at the Medieval History site? Please contact me with the details. 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. 02 of 07 Benedikt von Nursia Stone carving Stone carving of the saint. Public Domain This image is in the public domain and is free for your use. This image of Saint Benedict can be found in Münsterschwarzach, Germany. 03 of 07 Benedict in Prayer Sixteenth-century painting by Meister von Meßkirch Benedict in Prayer. Public Domain This image is in the public domain and is free for your use. 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. 04 of 07 Scenes from the life of St. Benedict Stone carving c. 1250 Scenes from the life of St. Benedict. Photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen, kindly released into the Public Domain. This image is in the public domain and is free for your use. This piece was carved sometime in the mid-thirteenth century. It is from the abbey church of Saint-Denis. 05 of 07 Saint Benedict Writing His Rule Portrait by Herman Nieg Saint Benedict Writing His Rule. Public Domain This image is in the public domain and is free for your use. 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. 06 of 07 Saint Benedict Restores a Monk to Life Depiction by Lorenzo Monaco Saint Benedict Restores a Monk to Life. Public Domain This image is in the public domain and is free for your use. 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. 07 of 07 Benedict Tried by the Devil Painting by Lorenzo Monaco Benedict Tried by the Devil. Public Domain This image is in the public domain and is free for your use. 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.