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Piccolomini breviary
Italy, Lombardy, ca. 1475
MS M.799 fol. 382r

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Half-figure of Simplicianus of Milan as bishop, nimbed, wearing miter, holding crozier with right hand and book with left, within initial D decorated with foliate ornament.
In upper margin busts of two monks gesturing wearing Augustinian habit, within medallion surrounded by gold balls and flowers; in lower margin half-figure of back-turned monk, wearing hood of Augustinian habit, looking upward, in medallion amid gold balls and flowers.
Text is collect for 08.13, feast of Simplicianus of Milan.
Pen-flourished initials.

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