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Farnese Hours
Italy, Rome, 1546
M.69, fol. 7r

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Right margin:
Border on gold, including foliate ornament; head (mask); putto holding, with raised arms, foliate garland with fruit, flanked by two storks each standing on one leg on flower; winged head wearing headdress; medallion enslosing figure, right arm raised flanked by three birds and standing amid animals, possibly sheep and cattle; masks above and below the medallion; nude torso of woman emerging from foliage, with doric column on head, flanked by two birds, and by two fantastic animals; head wearing laurel wreath; ball of fruits and foliage at bottom.
Lower margin:
Two birds of paradise flying over landscape which includes figures, horsemen, body of water with ships, circular building, other buildings.
Landscape continued from lower margin of facing page.
Text is Hours of the Virgin, Matins.

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