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Italy, probably Florence, late 13th century
MS M.273r

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Christ: Last Judgment:
Zone 1), Christ, cross-nimbed, wearing mantle, showing wounds, sits on cushioned bench, raises His right hand, and extends His left hand. He is flanked by two nimbed archangels, wearing loroi, with one hand draped, one holding cross and the other holding spear (Instruments of Passion), and by Virgin Mary, veiled, and John Baptist, both nimbed, standing with hands raised.
Zone 2), twelve nimbed apostles sit on two cushioned benches; some hold books; some raise their hands.
Zone 3), two standing groups of the Elect, including two monks, two bishops, two women wearing hats, crowned king, man wearing hat, beside small bearded man, possibly artist, and four with hands raised.
All three registers within initial A.
Below and within bottom volutes of the initial A, six groups, including four groups of nude figures, rise from sarcophagi (Resurrection of Dead). Outside the initial A, four angels, two blowing trumpets, and two holding scrolls.
Patterned frame and interlaced centerpiece at top.

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