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    Book of Hours for Paris Use
France, probably Brittany, c. 1425

Annunciation to the Shepherds. In this miniature, two shepherds stand in a hilly landscape looking up at an angel who announces Christ's birth. A sleeping dog, flocks of sheep, and a rabbit occupy the foreground. This scene is closely modeled on a miniature from the celebrated Belles Heures illuminated by the Limbourg brothers for Jean, duke of Berry.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Widener 5, fol. 76

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