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Compilatio historiarum / Giovanni, da Udine
Switzerland, Basel, ca. 1476
MS M.158 fol. 54r

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Miniature, upper left: 1) Christ: Parable, Lazarus and Dives -- Emerging from open Hell Mouth, Dives wearing hat, orant, is flanked by two devils, with tongues protruding, one is crowned and one lowers crown to the head of the Dives. Miniature, lower left: 2) Christ: Parable, Great Supper (Luke 14:17) -- Beside building enclosed by wattle fence, two men walk, one raises right hand and looks back to the other, wearing hat. Miniature, upper right: 3) Christ: Parable, Great Supper (Luke 14:19)-- Man, wearing hat, is beside another, bearded man gesturing, both behind five oxen. Miniature, lower right: 4) Christ: Parable, Great Supper (Luke 14:20) -- Veiled woman accompanied another woman, with hands crossed at wrists, confronted by man raising right hand toward her. Another man is partly visible in background. Miniatures are proofs for Bernhart Richel’s Spiegel der Menschlichen Behältnis (Basel: 1476) with biblical quotes, commentary and abbreviated extracts, written in German, for Christ’s Parables and scenes between Chapters 42 and 43.

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