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France, probably Paris or possibly the Loire region, ca. 1460
MS M.381 fol. 57r

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De Mulieribus Claris: Scene, Pompeia Paulina rescued and Scene, Death of Seneca -- Nude Pompeia Paulina, wearing headdress, is seated in wooden tub full of water. Man, wearing hat, standing outside of the tub, holds her, his arms under her arms, his hands grasping her breast. A second man, wearing hat, with left hand grasps bleeding left arm of Pompeia Paulina; he is holding knife (?) with right hand. Seneca, nude, is seated opposite leaning on side of the tub, both arms bleeding.
Scene in room with blind arcade, decorated wall and tile floor; open door or window at left.

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