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Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 51v

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1) Apollonius of Egypt: Scene, blessing Philemon -- Apollonius of Egypt, nimbed, wearing hooded monk’s habit, with right hand pouring water from dish onto head of kneeling Philemon of Egypt, nimbed, with joined hands raised, accompanied by at least four other men, gesturing (most with only heads visible).
2) Philemon of Egypt: Scene, Torture -- Philemon of Egypt, nimbed, seated on ground with joined hands raised, amid flames, beneath half-figure of descending nimbed angel raising right hand in blessing, to his right group of at least eight men, the foremost raising both hands.
3) Philemon of Egypt: Scene, Martyrdom -- Philemon of Egypt, nimbed, with weight tied around neck, submerged in water, his nimbed soul, partly draped, borne to Heaven by half-figure of nimbed and crowned angel.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 19.

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