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France, probably Mons, between 1490 and 1500
M.33 fol. 88v

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Christ: Nativity -- Joseph the Carpenter, with purse at waist, rasies right hand and holds lamp in left hand. He stands behind Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneeling with joined hands raised before nude Chirst Child, emitting rays, on ground beside trough. In background is shed beneath which are ox and ass. Rays shine through hole in roof. In sky is angel amid clouds.
In illusionistic border are moth and flowers, including roses and thistles.

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