Nicolò di Pietro
St. Augustine Delivers the Rule to His Disciples
Tempera and gold on wood panel
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome
From a predella. In his typically sumptuous vestments the saint is surrounded by Augustinian friars, tonsured and in their customary black habits. The book on his lap bears the first words of the Rule: Ante omnia, fratres carissimi, diligatur Deus deinde ac proximus, "Before all else, my beloved brothers, God is to be loved, and then one's neighbor."
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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.