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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 135r

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1) Zosimus of Palestine: Scene, praying -- At left, within cross-surmounted cell, half-figure of Zosimus of Palestine, nimbed, with joined hands raised before draped altar on which is cross on base; river surrounding the building.
2) Mary of Egypt: Scene, receiving Bread -- At right, in wilderness, Zosimus of Palestine, nimbed, with left hand holding loaf and knife and with right hand extended bread to nude Mary of Egypt, with both hands raised, departing to right.
3) Mary of Egypt: Scene, given Cloak by Zosimus -- At far right, another Zosimus of Palestine, nimbed, extending cloak in draped hands to another nimbed and nude Mary of Egypt.
Scenes in common landscape framed by two trees.
Illustration of Sophronius, Life of Mary of Egypt.

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