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Book of Hours
France, Paris, ca. 1500
MS H.5 fol. 46v

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Upper register:
1) Virgin Mary: Annunciation -- In left frame, Archangel Gabriel, raises right forefinger and extends left hand toward Virgin Mary, nimbed and veiled, kneeling, with joined hands raised. Scene in room with window.
2) Joachim and Anna: at Golden Gate -- In center frame, Joachim, wearing hat, embraces Anna, nimbed and veiled, before Golden Gate. Landscape setting in background.
3) Joachim: Annunciation -- In right frame, angel, as half-figure, extends left hand and right forefinger toward Joachim, wearing hat and raising left hand. In background is shepherd, wearing hat, with flock. Scene in landscape setting.
Lower register:
Virgin Mary: Visitation -- Of two angels, one extends left forefinger toward Virgin Mary, nimbed, extending left hand toward Elizabeth, nimbed, wearing veil and headress, extending hands. In background at right is male figure. Scene in landscape setting with buildings.
Miniatures within architectural frame, with statues of male figures above columns of upper register.

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