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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 129v

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1) Marina the Disguised: Scene, left by Father -- At left, within cross-surmounted cell, Marina the Disguised, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habits, with left hand raised to face, possibly seated.
2) Marina the Disguised: Scene, entering Monastery -- Outside the cell, bishop, nimbed, mitered, wearing vestments, seated on faldstool of the animal type, with both hands holding scissors, cutting tonsure into head of another Marina the Disguised, nimbed, wearing monk’s habit, with joined hands raised, accompanied by two tonsured monks, wearing monk’s habits, and Eugene, Father of Marina, wearing cap.
3) Marina the Disguised: Scene, Death of Father -- At right, within room, Eugene, Father of Marina, wearing cap, eyes closed, and with wrists crossed on waist, laying on draped bed, head on pillow. Behind the bed, Marina the Disguised, holding processional cross, and group of monks (most with only heads visible), all wearing monk’s habits, surrounding priest, wearing vestments, and reading from open book, all tonsured (Scene, Liturgical: Obsequies).
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration at beginning of Life of Marina the Disguised.

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