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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 42r

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Apollo of Thebaid: Scene, Miracle of finding Food -- Before cross-surmounted monastery and in walled garden, group of tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, surround apple tree, two seated, and two eating the apples, one raising hand to the tree. In center, monk, wearing monk’s habit, extends basket laden with apples to Apollo of Thebaid, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with right hand raised in blessing and with left hand on tau-staff. At far right, among group of men, the foremost two extending hands toward the Apollo.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 7.

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