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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 124r

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Furseus of Lagny: Scene, Vision, Battle of Angels and Devils -- Furseus of Lagny, nimbed, mitered, wearing abbot’s habit, with arms crossed on breast, beside one of two nimbed angels, leading him toward third nimbed angel, wearing broad-rimmed hat and breastplate of armor, possibly as soldier, with right hand raising spear and with left hand holding shield decorated with animal mask, before flaming arrows shot by group of four horned and winged devils, with claw feet, the foremost aiming flaming arrow in bow, the others holding bows, flames in foreground.
Scene framed by two trees.
Illustration of the Vita Sancti Fursei.

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