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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 132r

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1) Euphrosina of Alexandria: Scene, fleeing Marriage -- At left, in ship with sail, half-figures of Euphrosina of Alexandria, nimbed, beside tonsured monk, wearing monk’s habit, among possibly seven other men (most with only heads visible), all on waves.
2) Euphrosina of Alexandria: Scene, entering Monastery -- Before cross-surmounted monastery, nimbed and mitered abbot, seated on faldstool of the animal-type, with right hand holding scissors and cutting tonsure into head of Euphrosina of Alexandria, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands raised, accompanied by group of tonsured monks (most with only heads visible), all wearing monk’s habits (Scene, Liturgical: Tonsuring of Clergy).
At far right, within room, abbot, nimbed and mitered, raising right hand, is flanked by one of two tonsured monks (the other with only head visible), and by Euphrosina of Alexandria, nimbed, tonsured, reading from open book with pseudo-inscriptions; all wearing monk’s habits.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Life of Euphrosina of Alexandria.

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