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Italy, Florence, between 1490 and 1499
MS M.14 fol. 65r

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Historiated initial D enclosing Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, carrying rod with bundle over left shoulder and basket in right hand, walking behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, seated sideways on ass and holding in her lap nude Christ Child, nimbed. Scene in Nilotic landscape with palm trees, mountain, and river.
In margins is foliate ornament and at top two cherubs flanking and holding medallion inscribed MARIA.

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