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Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 11r

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Anthony Abbot the Great: Scene, praying -- Anthony Abbot the Great, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with joined hands raised, kneeling before one of two draped altars on which are crosses, in two rooms of monastery with hanging lamps. The Anthony, his tau-staff leaning on the altar, is accompanied by group of kneeling tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits.
In second room, group of kneeling tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, the foremost reading from open book with pseudo-inscriptions.
Outside the monastery, nimbed flying angel, assailing two of three winged devils, horned, wearing tunics, with claw feet, one issuing flames from mouth and hindquarters.
Scenes in common landscape.
Scene in Athanasius, Life of Anthony Abbot the Great.

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