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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 38r

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Hor the Hermit: Scene, visited by Angel -- Hor the Hermit, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, seated on ground, with right hand holding round object, possibly loaf, and with left hand holding herbs, looks up toward half-figure of nimbed angel, with right hand extended toward him. At right, open door to hermit’s cell.
Scene in landscape amid trees, one pine tree.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 2.

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