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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 3v

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Paul the Hermit: Scene, Raven bringing Food -- At left, flying raven, with loaf in beak, descending to raised joined hands of Paul the Hermit, nimbed, wearing monk’s habit, kneeling in landscape beside tau-staff and trees.
In center, Anthony Abbot the Great, nimbed, tonsured, with right hand raised to face, kneeling and leaning over pool of water beside his tau-staff (Anthony Abbot the Great: Scene, walking in Desert).
At right, Anthony Abbot the Great, nimbed, tonsured, wearing hooded monk’s habits, with left hand leaning on tau-staff and with right hand gesturing toward group of men, two with only heads visible, and the foremost, tonsured, likely monk, raising right hand to breast (Anthony Abbot the Great: Scene, meeting Disciples).
Scenes in common landscape amid trees.
Scene from Jerome, Life of Paul the Hermit.

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