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Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 41v

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Apollo of Thebaid: Scene, prophesying against Adversaries of Christians -- Apollo of Thebaid, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with right hand raised in blessing and with left hand gathering garments, his feet kissed by man, kneeling. Above in arc of Heaven, three half-figures of nimbed angels, accompanying half-figure of Christ, cross-nimbed, lowering hands. At left, among three horned and winged devils, with claw feet, issuing flames from mouths of hindquarters, one raising club with left hand, one grasps neck on nude man, his entrails grapsed and pulled out by the third devil, bleeding from wounds.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 7.

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