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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 271v

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Bust of Archangel Michael, nimbed, within initial S decorated with foliate ornament.
Medallion in upper left margin enclosing busts of two saints, nimbed, one possibly female; in lower left margin, half-figure of Michael, nimbed, wearing armor, left hand on breast. Band linking the medallions decorated with flowers, two birds, one possibly parrot, and vase.
Beginning of chapter for first Vespers on 05.08, feast of Archangel Michael, Apparition at Monte Gargano.
Pen-flourished initials.

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