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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 79r

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Athanasius, Patriarch: Scene, teaching -- Patriarch Athanasius, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, seated on draped faldstool of the animal type, with right hand raised in blessing and with left hand extended toward Antiochus, kneeling with joined hands raised, looking back over left shoulder.
At right, man rending garments, possibly representing Personifications of Continence or Abstinence, beside two men, one wearing hat and one wearing hood, carrying box on left shoulder, departing to right, in foreground woman, seated on ground, with joined hands raised to cheek, possibly representing Personification of Charity.
Scenes in common landscape amid trees.
Illustration of Patriarch Athanasius, Doctrina Ad Antiochum Ducem.

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