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LA STORIA DI PAFNUZIO E ONOFRIO IN UNA TAVOLA DEL MUSEO NAZIONALE DI SAN MATTEO     

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This article is dedicated to a little known panel that entered the Pisa museum’s collection in 1808 from the suppressed church of San Paolo all’Orto. The painting, which served as the frontal for the high altar, represents episodes from the story of Saints Paphnutius and Honophrius. In Pisa, this story has an illustrious precedent in the key narrative shown in the fresco of the Thebaid by Buffalmacco in the Camposanto, but has no other occurrences.