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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 64v

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1) John, Abbot: Scene, visiting Sister -- At left, within building, woman, seated on bench, looking to right, beside group of three monks, tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, the foremost with right hand raised to lips.
2) John, Abbot: Scene, Sister giving Drink -- At right, outside the building, woman, extending pitcher to extended hands of monk, accompanied by group of six monks (most with only heads visible), all the monks tonsured and wearing monk’s habits.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, De Vitis Patrum, Chapter 32.

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