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Fasciculus temporum
Italy, Naples, ca. 1498
MS M.801 fol. 113r

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Cronaca della Napoli Aragonese: Scene, Procession of Charles VIII of France -- In upper register, nine men, two carrying halberds, follow two horsemen astride bridled horses with trappings, one holding tip of upturned sword. Leading the procession are man wearing plumed hat, and four men blowing bannered trumpets decorated with heraldry of France (azure, three fleur-de-lis or). All wear hats.
In lower register, three men, wearing hats, follow bishop, wearing miter and cope, raising right hand in blessing. He is preceded by three groups of clergy: clerics, tonsured or wearing caps, one carrying processional cross; monks (?) wearing hoods, one carring banner with crucifix; and leading the procession, confraternity members, wearing full hoods, covering faces, eight carrying poles of canopy under which one member carries crucifix.
Above the procession, statue of nude woman, arms extended, each hand touching hand of one of two angels, nimbed, raising other hands. Grapevines emerging from head of the statue, below crescent in which is bust of Virgin Mary, holding Christ Child, both nimbed.

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