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Book of Hours
Italy, possibly the Veneto, ca. 1425-1450
MS M.1089 fol. 115v

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Christ: Last Judgment -- Christ, crossed nimbus, showing wounds, is seated amid rays in mandorla, right foot on ox, nimbed, and left foot on lion, nimbed, each symbol reclining on book. Eagle, nimbed, on book is at right shoulder of Christ; angel, nimbed, holding book is at His left shoulder (Christ and Four Beasts). At left are saints, nimbed, two tonsured, one with hands crossed on breast, and Virgin Mary, veiled, hands crossed on breast. At right, John Baptist, wearing short tunic, with joined hands, kneels. Behind him are three bishops and other saints, nimbed, one with hands crossed on breast.
Below, in center, Lamb, nimbed reclines on draped altar behind which is cross with three nails. The cross is flanked by two angels blowing horns. At left are Elect, including clerics, nimbed and tonsured, with hands crossed on breasts; bishop and pope, with hands crossed on breast; four women, veiled, two with hands joined; and nude souls, most backturned, one with joined hands raised. At right Damned are in Hell Mouth amid flames. Devils stand next to the Hell Mouth reaching down with hooks.
Margins decorated with border of floreate ornament.

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