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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 125v

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1) Furseus of Lagny: Scene, Vision, Angel disputing with Devil -- Furseus of Lagny, nimbed, mitered, wearing abbot’s habit, with hands raised, flanked by two nimbed angels, leading him toward third nimbed angel, wearing broad-rimmed hat and breastplate of armor, possibly as soldier, with right hand holding spear and with left hand holding cross-inscribed shield, before fiery pit in which is half-figure of man, above which stands horned and winged devil, with claw feet, issuing flames from mouth, with both hands extended.
2) Furseus of Lagny: Scene, recounting Vision -- At right, within room, Furseus of Lagny, nimbed, mitered, wearing abbot’s habit, seated on draped mattress, gesturing toward group of men behind the bed, some tonsured, all in conversation with each other.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of the Vita Sancti Fursei.

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