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    Book of Hours for Rouen Use
France, Rouen, c. 1470
The Workshop of the Master of the Échevinage de Rouen

The Visitation. The Hours of the Virgin form the core of a Book of Hours, and they are often illustrated with scenes from the Infancy of Christ. One of the first hours of the day is Lauds, illustrated here with a miniature of the Visitation, an event in which the pregnant Virgin Mary and Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, meet. The border is richly and imaginatively decorated with a half-length man who springs from a flower, two brightly colored birds, and a gray beast. In the inner margin, a dog wears the cowl of a friar and holds a staff and a book.

The Library Company of Philadelphia, MS 5, fol. 39v

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