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Italy, probably Milan, ca. 1470
MS M.454 fol. 77r

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Christ: Crucifixion -- Christ, nimbed, wearing short loincloth, is affixed with three nails to cross. At left are Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, swooning, held by Evangelist John, nimbed; behind her are three women, two nimbed and two veiled. At right are soldier, wearing hat and armor, with left hand on hilt of short sword at waist, indicating Christ with right hand and looking toward another man, wearing hat. Soldiers stand behind them.
Scene in landscape with trees, rocky outcrops, and horseman before walled city in background.
Margins decorated with border of vinescroll floreate ornament, including cornflower.

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