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France, Avignon, approximately 1485-1490
MS M.348 fol. 49r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, wearing cross surmounted diadem (crown), holding with left hand scroll inscribed AVE MARIA GRACIA. With right hand Gabriel indicates Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands, kneeling below canopy before book on cushion on floor. Dove of Holy Ghost flies, amid rays descending from upper left, toward head of Virgin Mary.
Scene in room with arched doorway open to landscape in distance.
Miniature within arched architectural frame, with two winged putti on arch, and with inscription at bottom DOMINE LABIA MEA APERIES.

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