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France, Avignon, approximately 1485-1490
MS M.348 fol. 93r

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Christ: Presentation -- Virgin Mary, nimbed, with joined hands, stands at draped altar. On other side of the altar, nude Christ Child, rays as cross nimbus, reclines on draped hands of Simeon, nimbed (?). Joseph the Carpenter, nimbed, holding basket in which are doves, stands behind Virgin Mary. Behind him are woman (?), Anna the Prophetess, probably holding candle. Cleric holding, with both hands, book face out, stands at end of altar; another cleric, probably holding candle, stands behind Simeon.
Miniature in architectural frame, decorated with jewels at top; at bottom two putti, winged, flank and hold plaque inscribed DEVS IN ADIVTORIVM MEVM INTENDE.

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