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Belgium, possible Bruges, ca. 1470
MS M.68 fol. 230v

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Apocalypse: Last Resurrection and Judgment -- John, rayed nimbus, holding open book on lap with left hand, is seated behind rocky outcrop on island in landscape. Three nude bodies float in water next to the rocky outcrop. John looks toward Hell Mouth, in which four nude figures stand surrounded by teeth. Above, God, wearing cross-surmounted triple-crowned tiara, extending right hand in blessing, holding globe with left hand, is seated on white throne. Throne is flanked by four open books and by crowd of nude figures, including one woman, some only partly visible, some with joined hands, some kneeling, one (?) tonsured. Illustration of Revelation 20:11.

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