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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 55v

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1) Ammon of Nitria: Scene, Wife founding Convent -- Within window of cross-surmounted convent, group of nuns, veiled with wimples (most with only heads visible).
2) Paul the Simple: Scene, meeting Anthony Abbot the Great -- At right before cross-surmounted monastery, out of door emerges group of tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, accompanying Anthony Abbot the Great, nimbed, tonsured, with right hand raised in blessing toward Paul the Simple, with right hand raised, seated on rock.
Scenes in common landscape with tree.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapters 30 and 31.

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