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Roman de la Rose
France, Rouen, ca. 1525
MS M.948. Fol. 186r

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Roman de la Rose: Scene, Nature sending Genius to God of Love and Barons -- Woman, representing Personification of Nature, wearing snood, raises right hand and extends message in left hand to extended left hand of tonsured priest, representing Personification of Genius, wearing vestments, raising right hand toward group of Personifications, and men and women (Barons), the foremost figures of God of Love (Eros), winged, crowned, wearing short loin cloth knotted at side, holding flaming torch with right hand and with left hand holding bow beside woman, representing Personification of False Seeming, and tonsured Dominican monk, representing Personification of Forced Abstinence, wearing monk's habit.
In background, nun, wearing habit, and Personification of Wealth, raising pouch, partly visible; one raised banner, all before castle and hilly landscape with water and ship on water.

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