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Italy, Rome, ca. 1500
MS M.427 fol. 0v

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Architectural entablature consisting of a lunette supported by pilasters, resting on a base. The entablature encloses a panel inscribed LI SONETTI CANZONI ET TRIOMPHI DE MISER FRANCESO PETRARCHA, and ornamented with a flower. The lunette is decorated with an ornamental human head, possibly green man, and vinescroll; the pilasters enclose Renaissance grotesqueries; and the base has two griffins flanking roundel inscribed MCCCCLXXVI.

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