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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 56v

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1) Paul the Simple: Scene, Miracle of healing Demoniac Man -- Paul the Simple, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with right hand raised in blessing toward demoniac man, kneeling, from mouth issuing horned and winged devil, with claw feet, prodded by instrument held in right hand of flying, nimbed angel. At right, man raising right hand, looking up toward scene.
2) Piammon of Diolcos: Scene, Angel conferring names of Brethren -- At right, among group of tonsured, kneeling monks, wearing monk’s habits, the foremost two with joined hands raised, all behind Piammon of Diolcos, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, raising chalice above altar, on which is cross on base, candle in candlestick and open book with pseudo-inscriptions. Above him, half-figure of nimbed, flying angel lowering scroll with pseudo-inscriptions.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapters 31 and 32.

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