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Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 18v

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Anthony Abbot the Great: Scene, with Philosophers, overcoming Devil -- Anthony Abbot the Great, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with right hand raising cross and with left hand holding tau-staff transfixing through mouth one of two devils, the other winged, both with claw feet, before group of Philosophers, two wearing hoods, one holding scroll with pseudo-inscriptions, all beneath arc of Heaven from which issues Hand of God in blessing; tree.
Scene from Athanasius, Life of Anthony Abbot the Great.

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