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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 77v

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1) Athanasius, Patriarch: Scene, praying -- Patriarch Athanasius, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, with joined hands raised, kneeling before draped altar on which is cross on base, looking up toward half-figure of nimbed angel descending and lowering both hands.
In center, nimbed angel, lowering right hand to raised right hand of Antiochus, reclining in draped bed, head on pillow.
2) Athanasius, Patriarch: Scene, baptizing Antiochus -- At right, Patriarch Athanasius, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, with both hands extended toward Antiochus, nude, with joined hands raised, partly submerged to waist in basin of water. At far right, male youth and one of two pilgrims (the other with only head visible), wearing broad-rimmed hat, kneeling, with both hands holding staff, all beneath nimbed, flying angel, with right hand holding open book with pseudo-inscriptions and with left hand lowered toward scene.
Illustration at beginning of Patriarch Athanasius, Doctrina Ad Antiochum Ducem.

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