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Vita Christi
Italy, Lombardy, between 1500 and 1550
MS M.508 fol. 34r

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, with crown of thorns, head inclined, eyes closed, is affixed to cross with suppedaneum with three nails. He is bleeding from wounds in hands and feet. At left Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, extends both hands toward Him, looking up at Him. At right, Evangelist John, nimbed, right hand on breast, looks toward Mary. Between them, Mary Magdalen, nimbed, crouches behind the cross, arms around the base. Text of John 19:25-30, for beginning of Crucifixion, is on fol. 32v.

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