St. Scholastica

Oil on canvas
Museum of the Church of San Paio, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

In her Benedictine habit, the saint holds a crozier in her right hand, symbol of her authority as abbess. In her left she holds a book, symbol of the Benedictine Rule. The dove on the book refers to her brother Benedict's vision, at the moment she died, of a dove ascending to Heaven.

In the lower left corner a scourge and skull signify the life of a contemplative, while the lilies above them symbolize her virginity. Like many virgin saints, she is crowned by angels with a garland of roses.

The meaning of the orb and snake in the lower right corner is not clear to me. The world of sin she has left behind?

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.