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Italy, possibly the Veneto, ca. 1425-1450
MS M.1089 fol. 65v

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, wearing hat, carrying draped rod over left shoulder walks behind ass, holding with right hand, switches to hindquarters of the ass. Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, is seated on the ass holding swaddled Christ Child, nimbed, with band of swaddling around her neck. Angel, holding reins of the ass with right hand, raising left hand, walks at head of the ass.
Scene in landscape with trees, rocky outcrops, city, and with ships in water.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament.

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