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Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1515
MS M.399 fol.151v

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Christ: Nativity -- Ray of light from star, visible through hole in wall of stable, falls on the Christ Child, nude, on ground amid rays of light. He is flanked by Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, and Joseph the Carpenter, both kneeling with joined hands raised. Two angels, kneeling, look on. Behind Virgin Mary, ox and ass, standing beside hayrack, turn heads toward group of figures.
Scene within illusionistic wood frame.

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