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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 84v

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Within initial S, bust of Evangelist John, nimbed, holding open book behind nimbed evangelist symbol (eagle). Initial decorated with foliate ornament extending into center margin with gold balls.
Beginning of first lesson in first nocturne for Matins on 12.27, feast of Evangelist John.
Pen-flourished initials.

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