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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 111v

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1) Macarius of Rome: Scene, repenting -- At left, youthful Macarius of Rome, nimbed, nude, with both hands raised, seated on edge of hole in ground. In foreground, pair of lions.
2) Macarius of Rome: Scene, Vision of Christ -- In center, within room, youthful Macarius of Rome, nimbed, nude, with joined hands raised, kneeling beside hole in ground flanked by pair of lions and Christ, cross-nimbed, crowned, emitting rays, accompanied by three nimbed figures (two only nimbi visible).
3) Theophilus the Monk: Scene, led by Lions back to Monastery with Sergius and Hyginus -- At right, Theophilus the Monk, Sergius the Monk, and Hyginus the Monk, all nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, and with sacks slung over left shoulders, one wearing cap, following pair of lions in landscape.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration at end of Theophilus, Sergius, and Hyginus, Life of Macarius of Rome.

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