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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 2r

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Paul the Hermit: Scene, observing Tortures of Christians (Paul not present) -- To left, nimbed male saint, eyes closed, nude, wrists and feet bound around pole, attacked by swarm of flies.
To right, nimbed male saint, nude, wrists and feet bound, lying supine on draped bed, biting his tongue and bleeding from mouth, his hip touched by devil in guise of woman, horned, with right hand raised; amid trees.
Scene from Jerome, Life of Paul the Hermit.

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