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Christ: Last Judgment.
Belgium, possibly Tournai, ca. 1440
MS M.357. Fol. 317r

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Christ: Last Judgment -- Christ, crossed nimbus, with crown of thorns, bleeding from wounds, nude body partially covered, is seated on arc, terminating at clouds, feet resting on tripartite globe. He is flanked by two half-figures of angels emerging from clouds, blowing horns with scrolls inscribed VENITE AD IUDICIUM and SURGITE UOS MORTUI; and by Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands, John Baptist, nimbed, with joined hands, wearing skin of animal, head attached, both kneeling. Eleven faces appear at openings in ground, all looking up toward Christ.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament inhabited by hybrid man holding rod or stem with both hands; and hybrid man wearing hat and hood, indicating himself with left hand. Text and miniature framed on three sides by gold bars decorated with leafy vines.

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