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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 118v

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1) Barontus of Pistoia: Scene, Vision -- At left, accompanied by monk, walks Barontus of Pistoia, both nimbed, tonsured, and wearing monk’s habits, the Barontus raising both hands toward Vision of Heaven of two crenellated towers connected by decorated wall enclosing nimbed souls, including possibly another Barontus, nimbed, tonsured and wearing monk’s habits, with joined hands raised, and possibly Archangel Raphael, nimbed, raising right hand, and among the group of nimbed souls, one with joined hands raised, standing before pope, wearing papal tiara and vestments, reading from open book with pseudo-inscriptions, accompanied by group of tonsured monks; lily and two palm trees in background.
2) Barontus of Pistoia: Scene, Apostle Peter defending Soul -- Apostle Peter, nimbed, tonsured, holding key with draped left hand, his garment touched by nude soul, kneeling, the Peter with right hand raised toward two horned and winged devils, with claw feet, issuing flames from bodies, departing in sky.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Visio Baronti.

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