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Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1500
MS G.5 fol. 97v

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Holy Kinship -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, extends right hand to nude Christ Child, rays as cross nimbus, on lap of Anna, nimbed and veiled with wimple. Both women sit on throne with footrest. Atop throne are three nude putti, two holding spears. Joseph the Carpenter and Zacharias stand behind the throne. On footrest sit Mary Cleopas and Mary Salome with two infants and four youth including Apostles James Minor, Simon Jude, James Major and Evangelist John. At lower left corner, donor as Augustinian Canon, tonsured, kneels with joined hands.
Margins decorated with floreate ornament including rose, viola, larkspur (?), dianthus, daisy, sweet pea, and inhabited by butterflies, flies and robin.

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