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Netherlands, possibly Haarlem, 1496
MS S.2 fol. 17v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, wearing fillet, holding scepter in right hand, kneeling, with left hand point upward toward dove of Holy Ghost, descending toward Virgin Mary, kneeling with joined hands raised between two draped prie-dieux, each with open book with pseudo-inscription, beside vase of lilies. Three kneeling angels, holding Gabriel's mantle, witness scene. Scene in interior resembling Gothic church, with tripartite division of walls, arcades, columns, curtains, and carved screen, but with domestic interior at right, with bench before fireplace (?) and canopied bed.
In margins:
Jesse: Tree -- Six crowned ancestors of Christ amid vine-like branches (continues on facing page).

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