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France, probably Besançon, ca. 1430
MS M.293 fol. 1r

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Evangelist, John: Scene, on Patmos -- Evangelist John, nimbed, wearing ermine lined cloak, holding pen with right hand, is seated, holding open book on his lap with left hand. He looks back and upward toward evangelist symbol (eagle), nimbed, holding open book in beak within rayed arc of Heaven.
Scene in landscape flanked by trees, with stream; in background buildings enclosed by wattle fence, larger buildings in distance.
Margins decorated with border of foliate rinceaux, and foliate and floreate ornament, including dianthus.

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