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Northern Italy, perhaps Bologna, ca. 1461-1479
MS M.95 fol. 134v

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, crossed nimbus, with crown of thorns, head inclined, eyes closed, wearing loin cloth, is affixed with three nails to cross with titulus INRI. The cross is flanked by Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled with wimple, extending right hand, left hand on breast, looking upward at Him and by Evangelist John, nimbed, hands clasped on breast. Scene in landscape with trees and barren outcrops. Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament inhabited by rabbit and putti. In lower margin four putti flank medallion enclosing landscape with stream, in which are boats; on far side, city wall with towers. At beginning of canon of the Mass.

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