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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 106v

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1) Alexius of Rome: Scene, Death -- Within bedroom, Alexius of Rome, nimbed, eyes closed, lying on draped bed, body embraced by two men. Behind the bed, group of female mourners, at least two raising hands to faces. At right, pope, wearing papal tiara and vestments, with joined hands raised, kneeling, accompanied by cardinal, wearing cardinal’s hat, and emperor, wearing crown, with joined hands raised, and group of seven men, all kneeling.
2) Alexius of Rome: Scene, lying on Bier -- Outside the room, crowned emperor, accompanied by two men (only heads visible), looking toward body of Alexius of Rome, nimbed, wrists crossed on waist, lying supine on bier carried by at least five men.
3) Alexius of Rome: Scene, Entombment -- Within domed chapel, body of Alexius of Rome, nimbed, wrists crossed on waist, lowered into sarcophagus by two tonsured clergy, accompanied by group of six men (most with only heads visible), draped altar on which is cross on base.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Life of Alexius of Rome.

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