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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 80r

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Athanasius, Patriarch: Scene, teaching -- Patriarch Athanasius, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, seated on draped faldstool of the animal type, with both hands extended toward Antiochus, kneeling with joined hands raised, looking back over left shoulder.
At right, horned and winged devil, with claw feet, issuing flames from mouth, with raised right hand and with left hand on head of woman, with right hand raised to her face and with left hand to breast, all possibly representing Vice of Sadness.
Scenes in common landscape, amid trees.
Illustration of Patriarch Athanasius, Doctrina Ad Antiochum Ducem.

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