St. Benedict

18th century
Oil on canvas
Museum of the Church of San Paio (St. Pelagius), Santiago de Compostela, Spain

St. Benedict is pictured in the black habit of the Benedictine order and looks to Heaven as a mitre and crozier are presented to him. The crozier is the symbol of the status of an abbot. The mitre is for bishops, but in some cases the abbots of important monasteries would receive papal approval to wear one.

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