(b. 1445, Firenze, d. 1510, Firenze)

St Augustine in His Cell

Tempera on panel, 21 x 269 cm (entire predella)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

This is the second scene on the single panel predella of the San Marco Altarpiece.

The scholar bishop is sitting thoughtfully at his desk. Next to him, an open book is lying on the chest seat, and there is a pile of other manuscripts in the wall cupboard behind him. The divine light entering the room from the left is painted as a gold hatching. It appears to be inspiring the saint, for he is holding his hand to his chest in a gesture of great emotion.