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Compilatio historiarum / Giovanni, da Udine
Switzerland, Basel, ca. 1476
MS M.158 fol. 21v

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1) Christ: Last Supper -- Within medallion, inscribed with caption CHRISTUS IN CENA, nine nimbed apostles, one gesturing, surround draped table spread with loaves and cup, beside Evangelist John, nimbed, with right hand to breast reclining with eyes closed on breast of Christ, cross-nimbed, with His left hand extending sop to open mouth of Judas, crouching before the table, with left hand raised to platter laden with meat, held by a seated apostle. Scene in room. 2) Christ: Flagellation -- Within medallion, inscribed with caption CHRISTUS AD COLUMNAM, Christ, cross-nimbed, eyes closed, wearing short loin cloth, body covered in sores, His wrists bound around column, is flanked by two tormenters one raising withes and one, wearing bi-colored tunic, raising scourge. Scene in room (?) with tiled floor. 3) Christ: Crucifixion -- Within medallion, inscribed with partial caption ... IN CRUCE, Christ, cross-nimbed, head inclined with eyes closed, wearing short loin cloth, bleeding from wounds in hands, feet and side, is affixed with three nails to cross surmounted by titulus inscribed INRI from John 19:19. He is flanked by Virgin Mary, nimbed, wearing wimpled veil, with joined hands raised, and by Evangelist John, nimbed, eyes closed, raising right hand to breast. Scene in grassy landscape, bone at foot of cross. 4) Christ: Entombment -- Within medallion, inscribed with caption CHRISTUS IN SEPULCRO, Christ, cross-nimbed, eyes closed, covered with shroud, reclines in sarcophagus, over which lean two men, wearing hats, one raising left hand to head. Scene in landscape with tree in background. 5) Christ: Resurrection -- Within medallion, inscribed with caption CHRISTUS IN CORPORE GLIFICARO Christ, cross-nimbed, showing wounds in side, hands, and feet, raises right hand, holds cross-inscribed bannered cross-staff in left hand, and steps forward from sarcophagus before two sleeping soldiers, wearing helmets, one holding halberd.

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