Saint Benedict enthroned between Saints Catherine and John the Baptist, Saints Paul and Giustina

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The seated man has been identified as St Benedict and the other saints are, from left to right, Catherine, John the Baptist, Paul and Giustina. The altarpiece was painted for a chapel in the Benedictine church of San Nicolò Boschetto near Genoa. It was probably originally divided into three sections by carved wood columns glued to the paint-surface, which isolated St. Benedict from his fellow saints. St Benedict’s importance, as the founder of the monastic Benedictine Order, is further emphasised by his larger scale compared to his companions.