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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 47r

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Helenus the Hermit: Scene, discovering Spring and helped by Ass -- At left, nimbed angel lowering left hand to pool of water and with right hand extended toward Helenus the Hermit, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, with left hand lowering sack onto back of kneeling ass, at least three other asses in background beneath descending nimbed angel.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapter 11.

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