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Book of Hours
France, Paris, between 1471 and 1485
MS M.815 fol. 17v
Evangelist Matthew, nimbed, wearing hat, sits on bench before writing desk or lectern with scroll and book with pseudo-inscriptions, and with pen held in right hand writes on open book with pseudo-inscription held in his lap. Nimbed angel (Evangelist Symbol), stands beside desk. Scene in room with marble-panelled walls and leaded glass windows.
Floreate margins with emblems of Henry VII (?), including ostrich plume, greyhound, and dragon. Four vignettes (counterclockwise from top left):
1) Evangelist, Matthew: Hyrtacus denied Iphigenia -- Hyrtacus, crowned, with arms crossed on his breast, stands behind five seated nuns, all looking toward Evangelist Matthew, nimbed, preaching from pulpit.
2) Evangelist, Matthew: Martyrdom -- Evangelist Matthew, nimbed, kneels with joined hands raised before draped altar. Behind him stands man, wearing hat, holding rope looped around neck of Matthew.
3) Christ: calling Matthew -- Christ, nimbed (?), stands with right hand raised before Matthew, wearing hat, seated at draped table upon which are coins. Scene in room.
4) Evangelist, Matthew: Taming of Dragons -- Matthew, nimbed, stands with right hand raised to two dragons, sleeping on ground. Behind him stand Zaroës and Arphaxad, wearing hats, one with right hand raised.
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