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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 90v

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1) Abraham of Edessa: Scene, visited by Multitude -- Abraham of Edessa, nimbed, seated in doorway of cross-surmounted cell, lowering round loaf to hands of one of four men, at least one cripple with bandaged head, all seated at his feet, the foremost gesturing. At left, outside building, among two men, one raising hands, and one extending dish laden with round loaves toward the Abraham.
2) Abraham of Edessa: Scene, visited by Bishop -- At right, accompanied by group of tonsured monks (most with only heads visible), wearing monk’s habits, at least one chanting, and one carrying processional cross, bishop, mitered, wearing vestments, with left hand holding crozier, raising right hand in blessing toward Abraham of Edessa, nimbed, with joined hands raised, kneeling in doorway of cross-surmounted cell.
Scenes in common landscape amid trees and framed by two trees.
Illustration at beginning of Life of Abraham and Mary of Edessa.

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