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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 96r

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Abraham of Edessa: Scene, Tomb visited by Multitude -- Abraham of Edessa, scalloped nimbus, eyes closed, wrists crossed on waist, laying in decorated sarcophagus beneath three suspended lamps, surrounded by three groups of people, at left, women one veiled, one, wearing cap, holding swaddled infant, beside them two men, one crippled, wearing hat and possibly water jug tied to waist, on crutches.
In foreground, among three men, one wearing hat, hands raised, beside hand crutches, another leaning on hand crutches, all on ground. At right, winged and horned devil, with claw feet, issuing flames from ears, mouth and hindquarters, departing from open mouth of woman, held from behind by man, accompanied by group of men (most with only heads visible).
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Life of Abraham and Mary of Edessa.

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