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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 84v

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1) Fronto of Nitria: Scene, Monk’s praying for Food -- Within cross-surmounted monastery, group of tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, at least two with joined hands raised, all kneeling before draped altar on which is cross on base.
2) Fronto of Nitria: Scene, Camels delivering Food -- Outside the monastery, accompanied by tonsured monk, wearing habit, Fronto of Nitria, nimbed, mitered, wearing abbot’s habit, raising both hands toward herd of seven camels, at least three with sacks tied over humps.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Life of Fronto of Perigueux.

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