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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 131r

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1) Euphrosina of Alexandria: Scene, Birth -- At left, within bedroom, veiled woman, seated on draped bed, with right hand holding bared breast to mouth of infant Euphrosina of Alexandria, nimbed, swaddled (Figure, Female: Scene, suckling Infant). To right, midwife, extending both hands toward the infant.
2) Euphrosina of Alexandria: Scene, Instruction -- Tonsured monk, wearing monk’s habit, seated on stool, with right hand extended to open book with pseudo-inscriptions, held in hands of youthful Euphrosina of Alexandria, nimbed.
3) Euphrosina of Alexandria: Scene, visiting Monastery -- At right, outside cross-surmounted monastery, accompanied by tonsured monk, wearing monk’s habit, nimbed and mitered abbot, wearing vestments, with left hand holding crozier and with right hand raised in blessing toward youthful Euphrosina of Alexandria, nimbed, shoulders grasped from behind by Paphnutius of Alexandria, father of Euphrosina, accompanied by her mother, both wearing caps.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration at beginning of Life of Euphrosina of Alexandria.

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