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France, Tours, ca. 1490-1500
MS M.1054 fol. 27r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, hands crossed on breast, stands (?) at draped prie-dieu on which is open book. At right, stands Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, wearing diadem (crown) decorated with cross, holding scepter with right hand and indicating Mary with left hand. Rays descend toward Mary from dove hovering above in mandorla. In background entablature is inscribed [...]N DEVS IN A(D)IVTORIV(M).
Margins decorated with border of sections of gold and white enclosing floreate ornament including viola, and inhabited by bird and fantastic bird.

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