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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 378v

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Bust of Monica as nun, nimbed and veiled with wimple, with joined hands within initial D decorated with foliate ornament.
Vignette enclosing heads of two Augustinian nuns, veiled with wimples and medallion enclosing busts of two men, in border of red band decorated with foliate garland, flowers and acanthus, and terminating in lower margin with medallion enclosing half-figure profile of Augustinian nun with joined hands, looking upward.
Text is collect for first Vespers on 05.04, feast of Monica, Widow.
Pen-flourished initials.

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