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Belgium, 1440-1449
MS M.82 fol. 33r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling beneath canopy beside vase of lilies at draped prie-dieu with open book with pseudo-inscription, turns toward Archangel Gabriel, kneeling on one knee, with right hand pointing to Mary and holding scroll inscribed AVE GRACIA PLENA DOMINUS TECUM in left hand. Above, dove of Holy Ghost descends from God through doorway. Scene in room.
Margins with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament, with fountain at lower right. Margins inhabited by fantastic (?) bird and dragonfly.

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