From a Dominican gradual
Italian (Lombardy, possibly Cremona)
Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment
4 1/4 x 3 5/8 in. (10.9 x 9.3 cm)
Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, 1930 (31.134.5)
Dominicans believe that Pope Innocent III allowed their order to be established after he dreamed that Saint Dominic saved the Church of Saint John Lateran—the pope's own parish church in Rome—from collapse by throwing his own weight against its walls. Here, the artist showed cracks in the walls, emphasizing the church's shaky foundations and the heroic efforts of the saint.