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Belgium, Bruges, 1531
MS M.451 fol. 7v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Angel Gabriel, nimbed, wearing crown and cope, holding scepter in right hand, with left hand pointing up toward dove of Holy Ghost, emanating rays, appears before Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands raised beside bench upon which is open book. In foreground on floor are decorated vase of flowers, including lily, sewing basket, and pair of shoes. In background is cat and draped cabinet, with draped box, two lighted candles, pitcher, and cup on top, and another cup and plate within. Scene in room with shuttered leaded-glass windows, and wooden ceiling and floor.

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