Saint Paula of Rome (AD 347–404) was an ancient Roman saint and early Desert Mother. A member of one of the richest senatorial families of Rome. Paula was married and had four daughters and a son. Paula was widowed at the age of 32.
She became more interested in religion as time went on. Paula became an enthusiastic member of a semi-monastic group of women. In 382, she met Saint Jerome, who had studied in Rome as a youth and had traveled to Germany and Aquileia, and for some years had lived in the East as an ascetic and scholar.
He painted a St. Paola taking leave of her Attendants, once in the church of Santi Cosmo e Damiano at Milan.
He trained his brother Giovanni Bottani, active in Pontremoli circa 1720. Another of his pupils was the Brescian Domenico Vantini. Giuseppe died in Mantua. More on Giuseppe Bottani
A year after the death of her husband, Paula pursued a pilgrimage to tour all of the holy sights traveling with daughter Eustochium and Jerome himself. Paula could undertake this voyage due to her widow status which left her a significant fortune allowing her exemption from remarriage. Additionally, having had a male heir and two married daughters provided supplementary financial insurance. Her travels are documented by Jerome in his later writing addressed to Eustochium which discusses how Paula participated in the environments they toured, experiencing visual vividness of biblical events at each locale. In conclusion to her journey, Paula decided to remain in Bethlehem to develop a monastery and spiritual retreat with Jerome.
Paula and Jerome built a double monastery, one for Paula and her nuns and another for Jerome and his monks. Jerome made explicit in his letter how Paula, through these practices, became a recognized figure in the Christian community.
Paula helped Jerome in his translation of the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. She provided the reference works necessary for the undertaking. Being versed in Hebrew, she edited Jerome's manuscripts. She and her daughter Saint Eustochium copied the work for circulation.
Francesco Botticini, (1446 - Death: 1498), was born Francesco di Giovanni Botticini. His father painted playing cards as an artisan, influencing his son to work independently after his brief training. His studies were under Neri di Bicci and Botticini also studied under another of Bicci’s pupils, Cosimo Rosselli (1439 – 1507) and Andrea del Verrocchio (1435 – 1488). His 1470 piece.
As exampled by his works in the cloistered church in Empoli, Botticini painted in a highly decorative style. Operating his own workshop by 1469, his decorative style was praised much, but still overshadowed by contemporaries such as Filippo Lippi (1457 – 1504) and Sandro Botticelli (1444 – 1510). More on Francesco Botticini
At one point, in traveling to Nitria, she was earnestly received by renowned monks from Egypt and once her death arrived on January 26 404 AD, her funeral was noted as having a significant portion of the Palestine population arrive in her honor. A year after her passing, Paula obtained the title of Saint.
When Jerome died in late 419 or early 420, he was buried beneath the north aisle of the Church of the Nativity, near the graves of Paula. More on Saint Paula