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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 43r

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Apollo of Thebaid: Scene, Death -- Apollo of Thebaid, nimbed, wearing hooded monk’s habit, seated on ground, raises right hand in blessing toward nimbed soul, partly draped, with joined hands raised, borne to heaven by two nimbed angels. The Apollo supported from behind by monk, and another monk standing. At right, group of kneeling tonsured monks, the foremost two with joined hands raised; all wearing monk’s habits.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 7.

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