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Faits des Romains
Northern France or Belgium, ca. 1460
MS M.213 fol. 185v

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Julius Caesar: Scene, Civil Wars, return to Rome -- Julius Caesar, wearing gold imperial crown and heraldic coat of or with displayed double-headed eagle (possibly arms of Holy Roman Empire), is mounted on saddled and bridled horse, feet in stirrups, accompanied by group of men, wearing brimmed hats, some mounted or horses, all on path before moat and bridge on which stands male youth carrying decorated banner, and four men, two hold tapered candles and one holds decorated banner, all emerging from city gate of Rome. Scene in landscape with crenellated city walls of Rome and trees in background. Figures painted in grisaille. Decorated with ivy-rinceaux and floreate ornament in border above and below left column, including daisies and strawberries, miniature within gold frame. Initial Q of Quant decorated with foliate and floreate ornament. Miniature for Chapter 1029 of Faits de Romains. See text edition, Flutre (1935-38): Part IV, Chapter 1, Section 1, Caesar’s return to Rome.

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