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Belgium, Bruges, between 1500 and 1526
M.363 fol. 24v

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Pentecost -- Dove of Holy Spirit, emitting rays and flames, hovers above Virgin Mary, rays as nimbus, veiled, siting on ground and holding open book with pseudo-inscription in her lap. She is surrounded by Apostles, all nimbed, most with joined hands raised. Scene in room with four windows and open portal.
In margins, within architectural frame, are flowers, including violas and thistles. Some of the flowers are in pots. Two scrolls have the inscriptions VENI CR(EA)TOR SP(IRITUS) M(EN)TES, and SP[IRITUS] S[AN]C[TU]S MISERE and a third includes the letters RE...TV...CORI...A FIDEI.

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