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Egmont breviary
Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
MS M.87 fol. 164r

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Margin, right: Christ: Temptation, 1st -- Christ, cross-nimbed, extending hands toward horned devil with claw feet, before three rocks and shore. Scene in landscape with buildings in background. Illustration for Third Nocturn, Lesson Seven of Matins for Sunday in Quadragesima, Matthew 04:01-11. Initial I enclosing half figure of possibly Evangelist Matthew with right forefinger raised. Initial P enclosing head of man, wearing hat. Margins decorated on three sides with scrolling floreate and foliate decoration, inhabited by angels, one emerging from cloud, both gesturing (right); and half figures of two men, with right forefingers raised, amid foliage (upper and lower right).

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