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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1430-1435
MS M.359 fol. 69r

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Virgin Mary: Coronation -- Virgin Mary, with rayed nimbus, kneels with joined hands raised before Christ, with crossed nimbus, wearing cross-surmounted imperial crown, with right hand raised in blessing, holding scepter in left hand, seated on canopied, draped throne. Angel, before choir of seraphim, lowers crown toward head of Virgin Mary. Around Virgin Mary and Christ are three angels, including one standing with joined hands raised behind Mary; one seated, playing harp; and the third seated, playing portative organ. Diapered background.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux, foliate, and vinescroll ornament, with four medallions in corners:
1) Christ: Miracle of healing Demoniac Child -- Christ, with crossed nimbus, with right hand raised in blessing, with left hand gestures toward demoniac child, with joined hands raised toward his father, standing with another man at right. Diapered background.
2) Christ: in House of Mary and Martha and Christ: anointed by Woman -- Martha, nimbed, veiled, holding bowl in both hands, serves Christ, with crossed nimbus, seated behind draped table beside Lazarus (?). Mary, nimbed, kneels on floor before the table, holding feet of Christ in her hands. Scene in room with cloth wall hanging and small windows.
3) Christ: Miracle of healing Demoniac, Dumb (?) -- Man, wearing hat, with joined hands raised, stands behind Christ, nimbed, with left hand raised and right hand on shoulder of demoniac (?), kneeling on one knee with joined hands raised. To right kneels another man, with joined hands raised. Scene in landscape with trees and sky.
4) Christ: Scene, Unidentified -- Christ, with crossed nimbus, standing, with right hand raised in blessing toward woman, wearing wimpled veil, bowing forward and gesturing with right hand. Diapered background.

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