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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
MS M.390 fol. 13v

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Evangelist, John: Scene, on Patmos -- Evangelist John, nimbed, with pen held in right hand writing on parchment with pseudo-inscription in his lap, sits on island with trees beside nimbed eagle (Evangelist Symbol) and looks up toward vision of Virgin Mary, holding nude infant Christ Child, both emanating rays in mandorla (Virgin Mary and Christ Child: Type, Apocalyptic Woman). In background is sea with ships and distant shore.
Margins with scattered flower border, inhabited by bird, snail, and insects.
Escutcheon with arms of Jean Carondelet (azure a fasce and six bezants or en orle, an archiepiscopal cross in pale beneath the shield), with the motto MATURA.

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