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

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Miniature, upper left: 1) Christ: Parable, Great Supper (Luke 14:21) -- Group of three men, one wearing headgear, accompany crippled man, wearing headgear, barefoot, leaning on crutches, all look toward gesturing servant. Miniature, lower left: 2) Christ: Parable, Great Supper (Luke 14:22-23) -- Christ, cross-nimbed, rest right hand on draped table and raises left hand toward maidservant, wearing headdress, beside two standing men, wearing hats (one with miter?). The table is laden with cups, loaves and platter of meat. In foreground, youthful female and male sit on bench and gesture toward each other. Miniature, upper right: 3) Christ: calling James and John -- In ship on water, nimbed apostle accompanies Christ, cross-nimbed, with hands raised toward nimbed Apostle James, beside nimbed Evangelist John, holding oar, and three other men, wearing hats. Miniature, lower right: 4) Christ: Miracle of Draught of Fishes by Gennesaret -- In ship on water, nimbed apostle accompanies Christ, cross-nimbed, with His hands joined, looking at two nimbed apostles, possibly Evangelist John and Apostle Peter, hoisting four corners of net laden with fish, some fish on ship floor. Miniatures are proofs for Bernhart Richel’s Spiegel der Menschlichen Behältnis (Basel: 1476) with biblical quotes, commentary and abbreviated extracts, written in German, Christ’s Parables and scenes between Chapters 42 and 43.

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