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France, probably Paris or possibly the Loire region, ca. 1460
MS M.381 fol. 34r

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De Mulieribus Claris: Scene, Artemisia collecting Ashes -- At left, Artemisia, wearing headdress and fur lined garment, kneels on ground, holding cup with left hand and extending right hand toward flames cremating Mausolus, her husband, crowned, wearing short loincloth, standing with back to post, his arms behind him.
Scene in landscape with rocky outcrop and trees.
De Mulieribus Claris: Scene, Artemisia directing building of Tomb -- At right, Artemisia, wearing headdress, gesturing with both hands, looks at mason (?), wearing hat, holding carpenter's (builder's) square with right hand and measuring rod (?) with left hand. In foreground, sculptor, wearing hat, raises mallet with right hand above chisel held with left hand, carving image on slab of stone. At left, mason, wearing hat, raises hammer above blocks of stone.
Scene in landscape with castle in background.

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