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Book of Hours
France, Rouen, ca. 1510
M.646 fol. 69r

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Christ: Last Judgment -- Christ, rays as nimbus, partially draped, with hands raised, emitting rays, sits on rainbow arc in sky. He is flanked by angels playing trumpets, and by Virgin Mary, crowned, seated, and John Baptist, kneeling with joined hands raised. Beside the Virgin are two figures, one seated. Behind John is nude man.
Below, angel, with right forefinger raised, with left hand holds arm of one of group of nude men and women. At right is Archangel Michael, wearing armor, holding cross staff in right hand.
In lower margin, at left, is cross beside angel, kneeling, holding head of skeleton, reclining on ground. Behind them are two nude figures with hands raised. Scene is surounded by wall, behind which are trees.
Hell -- In lower margin, at right, is crowd of nude figures and bestial devils, holding spears, amid flames.
Right and left margins are decorated with illustionistic borders, inhabited by angels and personifications of souls. At right, souls fall toward Hell.

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