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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 118r

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1) Barontus of Pistoia: Scene, Archangel Raphael taking Soul of Barontus -- At left, within room, Barontus of Pistoia, seated on ground, issuing nude soul from mouth, with right hand extended toward Archangel Raphael, nimbed, possibly seated, both tonsured and wearing monk’s habits; above them horned and winged devil, with claw feet, extending both hands, flying.
2) Barontus of Pistoia: Scene, Vision -- In center, horned and winged hell mouth, holding souls in jaws (only heads visible), neck bound by chains, engulfed in flames and issuing flames from mouth, beside four winged and horned devils (three only partly visible), with claw feet, the foremost lowering hands toward nimbed and nude soul of Barontus of Pistoia, raising right hand to knee of Archangel Raphael, nimbed, crowned, possibly wearing breastplate, with left hand holding spear, beside another nimbed and crown Archangel (partly visible), also holding spear with left hand.
3) Barontus of Pistoia: Scene, Soul entering Body -- Nimbed and nude soul, with joined hands raised, standing in raised hans of Barontus of Pistoia, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, kneeling.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Visio Baronti.

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