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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol.129v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Within room, Archangel Gabriel, crowned, holding scepter in left hand, raises right hand, pointing upward. He kneels on steps of architectural setting, suggesting private chapel, in which Virgin Mary kneels at prie-dieu, right hand on open book. Dove of Holy Ghost appears above her head amid rays of light and aureole.
Archway in far wall of room leads to bedroom furnished with bed and chair.
Scene framed by border decorated with flowers, including dianthus, lily and rose, and inhabited by caterpillar and butterflies.

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