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Book of Hours
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1470
MS H.7 fol. 35v

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Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- Archangel Gabriel, with right hand holding scroll inscribed AVE GRACIA PLENA DOMINUS TECUM from Luke 1:28, kneels and with left hand holds scepter, before Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling beneath canopy, with her left hand raised and her right hand on open book with pseudo-inscription on draped lectern. In foreground is vase with two lilies. Above, half figure of God, globe in left hand, right hand raised, within arc of heaven, emits rays toward cross-rayed dove of Holy Ghost descending toward the Virgin, beside globe (?) on bed (?).
Scene in room with tiled floor and window open on to landscape. At left, city gate, decorated with statue in niche, and buildings.
Margins decorated with floreate border inhabited by man extending arms toward moth and by bird.

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