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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.625 fol. 52v

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Within cross-surmounted monastery half-figures of two monks (of Cellia), tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, one hooded and one gesturing in conversation with each other.
At right, outside the monastery, possibly Ammon of Nitria, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, gesturing toward man, wearing hooded cape.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapters 22 and 23.

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