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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 112r

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1) Macarius of Alexandria: Scene, receiving Robe from Pachomius -- Pachomius of Egypt, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, seated on draped faldstool of the animal type, feet on platform, with both hands extended to robe in extended hands of Macarius of Alexandria, nimbed, wearing monk’s habit, kneeling.
2) Macarius of Alexandria: Scene, recognized by Monk -- In center, within cross-surmounted chapel, Macarius of Alexandria, nimbed, with joined hands raised, kneeling before draped altar on which is cross on base, and grasped from behind by monk, both tonsured and wearing monk’s habits.
3) Macarius of Alexandria: Scene, Miracle of healing Multitude -- At right, Macarius of Alexandria, nimbed, wearing monk’s habit, with right hand raised in blessing toward group of people including demoniac woman, held from behind by man, she is issuing winged and horned devil from mouth, male cripple with bandaged head, and another male cripple, wearing satchel and walking on hand crutches. At far right, among five men (three with only heads visible), one possibly tonsured clergy and one wearing hood.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration at beginning of Life of Macarius of Alexandria.

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