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France, perhaps Paris, between 1500 and 1510
MS M.89 fol. 48v

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Christ: Flight into Egypt -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, seated sideways on ass, holds in her arms swaddled infant Christ Child, with rays as nimbus, wrapped in her mantle. The ass is led by Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, wearing hat. Scene in landscape with trees and distant hills.
Floreate margins inhabited by two fantastic animals.

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