St. Augustine, writing in his cell by Sandro Botticelli

St. Augustine, writing in his cell by Sandro Botticelli

St. Augustine in this picture looks much more modest than that powerful leader and teacher of the Church, whose image was created by Botticelli in 1480.

Blessed Augustine, who should not be confused with St. Augustine of Canterbury, is known as the most learned of the church figures of the fourth century of our era. He was a prolific author who left over a hundred books and two hundred letters.

Botticelli, an admirer of his works, portrayed a saint in the form of a writer struggling with the eternal difficulties of writing and throwing scraps of paper with failed records on the floor.

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