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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 186v

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Virgin Mary: Infancy, Instruction -- Within room, three young women are seated on ground with open books in their laps. Virgin Mary, nimbed, kneels beside Anna, nimbed, veiled, seated on chair. Anna places right arm around her and holds open book in right hand from which Virgin Mary reads.
Landscape visible through window in far wall of room.
Below miniature, historiated border frames text.
Virgin Mary: Presentation -- At right, Joachim, with staff, and Anna, nimbed, veiled, hands joined, look on as young Virgin Mary, nimbed, arms crossed, climbs steps toward temple. Zacharias (in top left corner of border), wearing miter, stands in doorway at top of steps.
Flowering plant within decorated initial C.

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