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Book of Hours
France, Paris, 1485-1500
MS M.195 fol. 29r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, holds with both hands, and looks toward, open book on prie-dieu at which she is kneeling. Before prie-dieu kneels Archangel Gabriel, right hand raised, holding scepter with left hand. Between them is scroll inscribed AVE GRATIA PLENA DOMINUS TECUM [...] MULIE[RIBUS]. Above, right, God, crossed nimbus, emanating rays, raising both hands, appears in window. Dove of Holy Ghost flies amid the rays. Canopied bed (?) in background.
Scene in room with wood ceiling and tile floor, beneath arch decorated with architectural ornament and supported by two columns. Miniature within architectural frame.

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