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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol.119v

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Within room, Evangelist Mark, nimbed, is seated at lectern on writing desk with scissors, inkpot, knife, and scraps of parchment. Two books with clasps, one open, are on floor beside table. He writes in book with pen held in right hand and scraper in left hand. Lion, nimbed, winged, lies on ground behind him. Room is furnished with bench and credenza, on which is panel painting of Christ, holding globe, between two candles. Convex mirror, pitcher, and round object are within partially shuttered window. Birdcage hangs on left wall above niche with candle.
Scene framed by historiated border depicting two men and a woman in boat with canopy on lake within landscape. One man drinks from jug. Woman plays lute. Second man plays pipe. Beside him is canteen and tree branch. In background is building with bridge over lake.

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