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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 91v

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1) Abraham of Edessa: Scene, assailed by Pagans -- Abraham of Edessa, nimbed, with arms crossed on breast, laying supine on floor, feet bound with rope, assailed by four men; one pulling his hair, two trampling him, and one, wearing hat, pulling the rope.
2) Abraham of Edessa: Scene, baptizing Pagans -- In center, Abraham of Edessa, nimbed, with right hand pours water from jug over his left hand extended to head of nude man, with joined hands raised, kneeling partly submerged in basin, accompanied by group of six kneeling men (three with only heads visible).
3) Abraham of Edessa: Scene, preaching -- At far right, before cross-surmounted building, Abraham of Edessa, nimbed, gathering garment with left hand and raising right hand in blessing toward group of five men (most with only heads visible).
Scenes in common landscape amid trees and framed by two trees.
Illustration of Life of Abraham and Mary of Edessa.

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