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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, 1495-1503
MS M.261 fol. 26r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, nimbed, cross surmounting head, kneeling on one knee, holding scepter in left hand, points with right hand toward Virgin Mary, nimbed, hands crossed at breast, kneeling beside prie-dieu with open, inscribed book. Dove of Holy Ghost flies down on rays of light toward her.
Scene within room decorated with mouldings inscribed mostly with pseudo-inscriptions. One section of moulding, above Virgin Mary, is inscribed AVE MARIA GRA(TI)E.
Scene framed by illusionistic architectural border decorated with four statues of male figures.

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