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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 117r

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Basil the Great: Text, Unidentified -- At left, within cross-surmounted cell, half-figures of Basil the Great, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, beside man, with right hand raised both before draped table spread with round loaves, knife, chalice, bowl, and pitcher.
In center, Basil the Great, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments,, with both hands raised over kneeling man, with joined hands raised, accompanied by group of kneeling men, the foremost two with joined hands raised.
At far right, within entrance to cross-surmounted church, Basil the Great, nimbed, mitered, wearing bishop’s vestments, accompanied by group of tonsured monks (only heads visible), the Basil with left hand extended to right hand of man, his left arms grasped by horned and winged devil, with claw feet, issuing flames from mouth.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of unidentified text, possibly Homily of Basil the Great

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