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France, probably Besançon, ca. 1430
MS M.293 fol. 21r

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, stands at draped prie-dieu on which is open book, her right hand resting on the book. Raising her left hand, she turns to look over left shoulder toward Archangel Gabriel, extending with left hand scroll inscribed AUE M[ARIA] PLENA DOMNIS (sic). Dove of Holy Ghost hovers above Mary.
Scene in vaulted interior spanned by rod on which hangs curtain; draped altar (?) at left in niche; bed or throne in background, above which appears bust of God, rays as nimbus, behind four red seraphs.
Margins decorated with border of foliate rinceaux, and foliate and floreate ornament.

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