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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 58v

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1) Rufinus of Aquileia, De Vitis Patrum, Chapter 6: Illustration -- At far left, two nimbed and tonsured monks, embracing beside pair of identical monks, one embracing the other with right arm, both lowering opposite hands to draped table spread with pitcher, two cups and two round loaves.
2) Zenon, Abba: Scene, tempted in Garden and Rufinus of Aquileia, De Vitis Patrum, Chapter 7: Illustration -- At right, horned and winged devil, with claw feet, issuing flames from mouth, descending from sky, with lowered hands to hood of tonsured Abba Zenon, wearing monk’s habit, kneeling, with both hands extended to leafy plant, his left arm stayed by right hand of another monk, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, raising left hand to indicate bust of Christ, cross-nimbed, hands on breast, appearing in arc of Heaven.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, De Vitis Patrum, Chapters 6 and 7.

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