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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 57v

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One of two nimbed monks, wearing monk’s habits, one wearing hood, raising right hand to mouth, the other gesturing, both flanking two groups of tonsured monks, at least one wearing hood, the groups back to back, each group facing the nimbed monks respectively, at least one with raised hand, all seated (Scene, Ecclesiastic: Instruction). To far left, cross-surmounted monastery.
Scenes in common landscape with two trees.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, De Vitis Patrum, Chapters 1, 2 and 3.

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