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Book of Hours
France, perhaps in Paris or northeastern France, ca. 1465
MS M.1003 fol. 13r

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Christ: Last Supper and Christ: Last Supper, Judas departing -- In windowed room, with soldiers at window, Christ, cross-nimbed, raising right hand in blessing, is seated at round table with eleven Apostles; John reclines on His lap; one Apostle pours from pitcher into bowl; another Apostle drinks. All are nimbed. Above, dove of Holy Ghost, nimbed, wings spread, holds scroll in claws inscribed ET UERBUM CARO FACTUM EST. At right, Judas, holding small sack in right hand and pointing back over right shoulder with left hand stands in doorway, looking toward personification of Church (Ecclesia).
Scene is flanked by personification of Synagogue, blindfolded, dressed in white, holding tables of law in right hand and bannered staff in left hand, and by personification of Church (Ecclesia), crowned, holding chalice with host in right hand and bannered spear in left hand.
Evangelist, John: Scene, on Patmos and Evangelist, John: Scene,Devil stealing Inkpot -- Devil, holding staff or stick with both hands, knocks inkpot from pedestal. Evangelist John, nimbed, is seated, writing on scroll inscribed BEATI QUI AD CENAM NUPTIARUM AGNI UOCATI SUNT. Scene is on island with trees and animals, all flanked by two hills; in background, across water are castles or city. Birds fly overhead. Scene is in frame supported by six columns.

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