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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 105v

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1) Alexius of Rome: Scene, instructed by Monk -- Tonsured monk, seated on stool, with right hand indicating leaf with pseudo-inscriptions, held by youthful Alexius of Rome, nimbed.
2) Alexius of Rome: Scene, renouncing Wife -- Within bedroom, Alexius of Rome, nimbed, lowering right hand to cloth in which are two rings, also held by extended hands of wife, seated on ground, accompanied by seven seated women. In background, nimbed youth, possibly another Alexius of Rome, all before draped bed. At right, identical setting, wife of Alexius of Rome and veiled female attendant, seated on ground before draped bed.
3) Alexius of Rome: Scene, among Beggars -- Alexius of Rome as pilgrim, nimbed, wearing broad-rimmed hat and pilgrim’s garb, with left hand on staff, with right hand raised to coin extended in right hand of man, wearing cap, with left hand holding coins.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration at beginning of Life of Alexius of Rome.

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