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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1500
MS M.390 fol. 19v

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Christ: Betrayal and Arrest, Apostle, Peter: cutting off Ear of Malchus, and Christ: in Gethsemane -- Helmeted soldiers, with halberds and torches, surround Christ, with rays as nimbus, being kissed on cheek by Judas. To right Peter, nimbed, raises sword to head of Malchus, wearing helmet, with sword sheathed at waist, raising lantern in right hand. In background, Peter, James, and John, all nimbed, sit with eyes closed before Christ, with rays as nimbus, facing away, kneeling with hands raised. Scene in landscape with trees and distant city.
Margins with architectural frame, rendered in perspective. In left margin is small chapel enclosed by arcade, with draped altar and carved retable.

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