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

Annunciation. The hour of Matins (said at midnight or upon rising) is decorated with a miniature of the Annunciation in which the angel Gabriel visits the Virgin Mary in a sumptuous, ecclesiastical interior. The gold border surrounding the miniature contains animals, drolleries (humorous figures), and objects, like the tiered fountain, commonly found in the margins of books illuminated by Rouennaise artists.

The Library Company of Philadelphia, MS 5, fol. 28

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