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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 35r

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John of Lycopolis: Scene, tempted by Demon -- Before open door of building, possibly his hermit’s cell, John of Lycopolis, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with left hand holding staff and with right hand lowered toward devil in guise of woman, horned, winged, kneeling and lowering both hands toward his feet.
Scene in landscape amid trees.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 1.

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