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The Crucifixion and St. Leonard
Germany, 1457
MS M.45 fol. 2r

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Leonard of Limoges: Scene, delivering Prisoners -- Two men emerge from door of prison, the foremost, his arms raised, with chain around right ankle, his right wrist grasped by right hand of Leonard, nimbed and tonsured, wearing black robe over gold undergarment. His nimbus is inscribed O SANCT LEONARDE ORA PRO NOBIS
Scene against gold background stamped with flowers, with grass and flowers on the earth.
Floreate ornament including roses and columbine; animals, including rabbit, monkeys, one holding object, bear, and bullfinch, all within frame bearing inscription O LEONARDE MIRIFICE QUI SOLES VINCTOS SOLVERE A FERREIS COMPEDIBUS SOLVE NOS TUIS PRECIBUS A PECCATORUM VINCULIS ET A CUNCTIS PERICULIS ORA PRO FRATRIBUS TUIS BEATE LEONHARDE PATER MISERICORDIE.
1) In medallion, eagle with scroll, probably symbol for Evangelist, John.
2) In quatrefoil, cardinal, holding object in right hand and model of church in draped left hand.
3) In medallion, ox, winged, with scroll, probably symbol for Evangelist, Luke.
4) In quatrefoil, bishop or abbot, wearing miter, holding book in right hand and staff (?) in left hand.

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