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Belgium, Bruges, 1525-1530
MS M.1175. Fol. 172v

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Miniature, half-page:
1) Christ: Last Judgment -- Christ, partly draped in mantle, sits on arc in sky amid layers of saints and angels, all enclosing throne above. He raises hands showing wounds also in side and with feet on tripartite globe from which is suspended scales.
He is flanked by two angels blowing horns with cross-inscribed banners. Possibly Archangel Michael, with right hand raised and with left hand holding scepter, beside group of Saved, nude souls entering gate of heaven in which is Apostle Peter.
To right, nude souls of Damned, including one wearing cardinal's hat, are restrained by chain pulled by devil with claw feet. In foreground, three Damned, nude or partly nude, one tonsured, raise hands or emerge out of graves, one raising sheet with pseudo-inscriptions in left hand.

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