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Italy, Pisa, 1543-1599
MS M.320 fol. 57v

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Christ: Resurrection -- In upper initial D, banner held by left hand of Christ, raising right hand in blessing, body partially draped, standing in left margin at top of rocky mound that is tomb, with sealed door flanked by seven soldiers (?), sleeping. Figure in lower initial D standing next to side of the rocky mound. In upper margin, God, crowned, arms extended, wearing knotted sash at waist, emerging from cloud, blank scroll behind and flanking head. Two angels and eight winged heads flanking God. Christ: Harrowing of Hell -- In lower margin, wolf-like devil, mouth open showing teeth, holding rod (?) with right hand, and extending left hand, appears in window above doorway or fireplace through which emerge three figures, one with joined hands, foremost raising right hand to right hand of Christ, body partially draped. Behind Christ, stands group including two youths, three (?) women, and five (?) men, nude, two with joined hands.

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