In the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a fourteenth-century Benedictine in the Crete Senesi, the unique frescoes that adorn the Chiostro Grande are a high point of Renaissance painting. The walls are painted with 36 scenes that depict the life of St. Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine order named after him.
The frescoes are the masterpiece by Luca Signorelli and Il Sodoma. This twenty-fifth scene was painted by Luca Signorelli. Signorelli devoted almost every room to the violation of the two monks who, despite the ban on the Regula Benedicti, eat their meals in an inn and visit women there. In this detail, on the right in the scene, a woman carries a bowl of fruit to the table. Her blue dress lights up in the somewhat darkened inn and makes her the center of the scene.
To the right above the inn where everything takes place, we see a small scene in which Benedict rebukes the monks. The monks humbly bow their heads.