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Vitae patrum
Italy, Naples, between 1350 and 1375
MS M.626 fol. 49r

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1) John the Hermit, II: Scene, Miracle of healing Cripple -- John the Hermit, II, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, raising right hand in blessing toward two crippled men, wearing tattered clothing and with bandages on heads, one with joined hands raised, mounted on bridled ass, the other with hands extended, seated on ground.
2) Paphnutius of Heracleopolis: Scene, Angel indicating Musician -- At right, musician holding flute to mouth accompanied by group of men, one hooded, all beside woman, with arms and right foot raised, dancing beside flower and before crenellated building. At far right, nimbed, flying angel extending right hand toward the musician, above Paphnutius of Heracleopolis, nimbed, tonsured, wearing monk’s habit, kneeling with joined hands raised before altar on which is cross (partly damaged).
Scenes in common landscape.
Illustration of Rufinus of Aquileia, Historia Monachorum in Aegypto, Chapters 15 and 16.

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