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Vita Christi
Italy, Lombardy, between 1500 and 1550
MS M.508 fol. 3v

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Christ: Miracle of Bethesda Pool -- In foreground, man carrying pallet over left shoulder, crouches before Christ, crossed nimbus, extending both hands. Behind Christ are eight (?) apostles, nimbed, most only tops of nimbi visible. One, possibly Peter stands orant. In background is crowd of men, some wearing hats, two with joined hands, three (?) seated. Scene within building with vaulted ceiling, windows, and below roofed arcade. Text from John 5:8-18, Miracle of Bethesda Pool is on fol. 5r.

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