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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 71v

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1) Sabas of Jerusalem: Scene, Miracle of healing Gerontius -- Within building, Sabas of Jerusalem, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with left hand holding vessel of liquid and with right hand lowered to bare breast of Gerontius of Medaba, eyes closed, reclining on bed in foreground, head on pillow and partly draped.
2) Sabas of Jerusalem: Scene, Miracle of turning Vinegar into Wine -- Sabas of Jerusalem, nimbed, beside two other monks, all tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, one gesturing, all before draped table spread with two knives, possibly four round loaves and two cups of liquid. The Sabas raising left hand to face and with right hand raised in blessing toward bowl extended in hands of monk, accompanied by another monk, both tonsured and wearing monk’s habits.
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Cyril of Scythopolis, Life of Sabas, Chapters 45 and 46.

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