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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 37v

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John of Lycopolis: Scene, Death -- John of Lycopolis, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, seated on ground, with right hand raised, from mouth issuing nimbed and nude soul, arms crossed on breast, borne to heaven by half-figures of two nimbed angels. The John of Lycopolis surrounded by four monks, one kneeling with joined hands raised, one hooded and partly kneeling, one hooded with right hand holding candle and the other, tonsured, reading from open book with pseudo-inscriptions.
Scenes in landscape amid trees.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 1.

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