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Northeastern France, 1425-1430
MS M.396. Fol. 001r

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Guillaume de Machaut, Prologue: Scene, Dame Nature with Sense, Rhetoric, and Music -- Emerging from portal of castle-like structure with four bannered towers and bannered roofs, Guillaume de Machaut, wearing cap, looks down at clasped book in hands. In foreground, Personification of Dame Nature, crowned, is at far right leading Personifications of her three children, first, son Sense, wearing theologian's cap, and daughters, Rhetoric and Music, each wearing butterfly headdress and gesturing toward each other.
Illustration of Guillaume de Machaut, Prologue, Part I.

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