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Vaticinia de summis pontificibus
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1465
MS M.272 fol. 7r

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Urban VI, inscribed DOMINUS BARTHOLAMEUS ARCHIEPISCOPUS BARENSIS DEINDE VRBANUS SEXTUS PAPA, bearded, wearing crown, as hybrid man with asses’ ears and body of winged dragon (amphisbaena), and with its tail encircling five stars and terminating in head of wolf issuing sword. At his feet are scorpion pursued by serpent. Above at right are five stars within crescent moon. Below text, motto of Pope Urban VI, TERRIBILIS ES ET QUIS RESISTET TIBI.

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