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France, Paris, ca. 1510-1520
MS M.85 fol. 53v

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Christ: Presentation -- Simeon, nimbed, wearing vestments, stands beside altar draped with cross-inscribed cloth, with joined hands raised toward nude Christ Child, nimbed, standing and turning head to look at Virgin Mary, nimbed, supporting the Christ Child. Behind altar stand four figures, including tonsured acolyte, holding open book with pseudo-inscription; woman, wearing headdress, possibly Prophetess Anna; and Joseph the Carpenter, wearing hood. Scene beneath altar canopy within building with carved decoration and tiled floor.
Scene within architectural frame.

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