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Book of Hours
Belgium, probably Brussels, 1533
MS M.491 fol. 79v

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Evangelist, John: on Patmos -- Virgin Mary, as Apocalyptic Woman, within mandorla and standing on crescent moon, appears above Evangelist John, nimbed, glancing up, seated on Patmos beside eagle holding inkpot in its beak. He writes in book on his lap with pen held in right hand and raises his left hand above eyes.
In background is landscape with boats on waters surrounding Patmos.
Miniature and text framed by architectural border.
Initial I decorated with foliate ornament begins Gospel Sequence of John.

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