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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 120r

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1) Wetti of Reichenau: Scene, praying -- At left, within cross-surmounted cell, accompanied by monk, Wetti of Reichenau, both nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, and kneeling, the Wetti with joined hands raised, before nimbed angel, kneeling, all before draped altar on which is cross on base.
2) Wetti of Reichenau: Scene, Soul departing -- Within room, Wetti of Reichenau, nimbed, tonsured, and wearing monk’s habit, seated on draped mattress with pillow, with both hands raised, from mouth issuing nimbed and nude soul, with joined hands raised.
3) Wetti of Reichenau: Scene, mourned by Brethren and Vision -- Within room, Wetti of Reichenau, eyes closed, laying on draped bed, flanked by two brethren, all nimbed, tonsured, and wearing monk’s habits, the foremost seated on ground with left hand raised to face. In background, bust of horned, bearded and winged man, and three horned and winged devils, with claw feet, hovering above the bed.
4) Wetti of Reichenau: Scene, recounting Vision to Brethren -- At right, within room, Wetti of Reichenau, nimbed, seated on draped bed, gesturing to one of two monks, all tonsured and wearing monk’s habits.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration at beginning of Walahfrid Strabo, Visio Wettini.

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