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Picture Bible
France, Paris, ca. 1244-1254
MS M.638 fol. 1r

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Zone 1:
1) Creation Scene: 1st Day, and Angel: Fall -- Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, with mass of darkness in right hand and tripartite globe in left hand, is flanked by six nimbed angels with hands raised. He stands above prostrate Lucifer, flanked by six devils falling headlong. Illustration of Genesis 1:3-5.
2) Creation Scene: 2nd Day -- Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, stands with right hand raised and left hand resting on world represented with divided firmament and waters. Above, half figures of four nimbed angels, with joined hands, emerge from clouds. Illustration of Genesis 1:6-8.
Zone 2:
1) Creation Scene: 3rd Day -- Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, stands with right hand raised and left hand resting on world represented with dry land, vines, grain and trees, and clouds. Above, half figures of four nimbed angels, with joined hands, emerge from clouds. Illustration of Genesis 1:9-13.
2) Creation Scene: 4th Day -- Christ-Logos, cross-nimbed, stands with right hand raised and left hand resting on world represented with dry land, vines, grain, trees, and clouds, sun, moon and stars. Above, half figures of four nimbed angels, with joined hands, emerge from clouds. Illustration of Genesis 1:14-19.
Scenes with architectural frames.



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