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Compilatio historiarum / Giovanni, da Udine
Switzerland, Basel, ca. 1476
MS M.158 fol. 48r

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Miniature, upper left: 1) Christ: as Intercessor -- Christ, crossed nimbus, wearing loincloth, raising hands, shows wounds. At right God, crossed nimbus, right hand raised, holding tripartite globe with left hand, looking toward Christ, is seated on bench. Miniature, lower left: 2) Antipater: showing Wounds to Caesar -- Antipater, nude to waist, shows wounds to Caesar, wearing crown surmounted by cross, raising hands, and seated on bench. Miniature, upper right: 3) Virgin Mary: as Intercessor -- Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, pulls on her robe, and points with right hand to breast. She looks toward Christ, crossed nimbus, wearing short loin cloth, raising right hand in blessing, wounds visible. Miniature, lower right: 4) Esther: before Ahasuerus -- Esther, crowned over veil, with joined hands raised, stands before Ahasuerus, crowned, raising right hand, holding foliate scepter with left hand, seated on bench. Miniatures are proofs for Bernhart Richel’s Spiegel der Menschlichen Behältnis (Basel: 1476) with biblical quotes, commentary and abbreviated extracts, written in German, for Chapter 40 of the Speculum Humanae Salvationis.

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