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Book of Hours
Belgium, probably Brussels, 1533
MS M.491 fol. 154v

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Christ: Nativity -- Within stable, Virgin Mary, nimbed, veiled, kneels with joined hands raised beside Christ Child, nude, lying amid rays of light on bench. Two angels, nimbed, kneel with joined hands raised beside bench. In background, to right, Joseph the Carpenter, stands within archway behind gate.
In background is landscape.
Miniature and text framed by architectural border.
Initial D decorated with foliate ornament begins Prime of the Hours of the Virgin.

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