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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 75v

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1) Macarius of Egypt: Scene, Obsequies -- Body of Macarius of Egypt, nimbed, tonsured, eyes closed, wearing monk’s habit, with wrists crossed on waist, reclining on draped bed, head on pillow, surrounded by monk, holding processional cross, and group of eight monks, at least four holding candles, all tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, at least one chanting, and in center tonsured cleric, possibly priest, wearing vestments, with both hands reading from open book with pseudo-inscriptions.
2) Pachomius of Egypt: Scene, receiving Paschal Tables -- Half-figure of nimbed angel, descending and lowering scroll with pseudo-inscriptions to extended hands of Pachomius of Egypt, beside monk, both nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, and kneeling, the other with joined hands raised, draped altar on which is cross on base.
Scene in landscape amid trees.
Illustration of Life of Pachomius, Chapter 8.

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