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Italy, Rome, ca. 1483
MS M. 306 fol. 54r

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Initial I:
Evangelist, John: Scene, on Patmos -- Evangelist John, nimbed, seated, on Patmos, writes on scroll draped over knee. To left, eagle, wings spread, holds inkpot in beak. In background is landscape.
Figure is within initial I composed of classical column.
Foliate border, including rosettes and three medallions, frames text.
Within medallion in upper border, man, possibly tonsured, half-figure, prays with hands joined.
Within medallion in right border, cardinal, tonsured, half-figure in profile, hands joined, faces text. In background is landscape.
Within medallion in lower border, two angels, seated in landscape setting, play musical instruments. First angel plays lute. Second angel plays harp.

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